I owe my donors HUGE favors!” – Scott Walker!
For Governor-elect Scott Walker, there are more than 128,000 reasons to favor using tax dollars on roads instead of rail.
Scores of road builders opened their wallets for the Republican candidate in the recent election.
More than 150 employees of highway construction firms wrote checks to Walker, compared with only about two dozen for his opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
More important, road builders spent nine times more money helping Walker than they did Barrett.
Back in March I wrote a column about Walker flying off to Florida (notice he didn’t take the train) to attend the annual convention of the Wisconsin road builders association. (The road builders have now changed their name to the Transportation Builders Association, an obvious effort to mask where their real interests lie.) Walker was just beginning his race for the governorship and he wanted to assure the highway guys that he was on their side and, at the same time, lobby them for some money.
Turns out, his trip was a great success.
According to records maintained by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Walker got $84,793 from road builders between January of 2009 and August of 2010. There’s surely a lot more that came his way between August and the election, which is still to be reported.
Plus, the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association in the same month that Walker flew off to their Florida convention gave the national Republican Governors Association $25,000 to help sponsor TV ads that supported Walker for governor.
The $84,793 to Walker, incidentally, was nearly half of the $188,423 that the highway lobby contributed to all Wisconsin candidates this past election cycle.
Who cares if it cost the WI taxpayer $100 million and hundreds of jobs?
Scott Walker has favors to repay!