According to a Republican Party campaign finance statement filed last month, the party spent $92,000 on a Colorado firm, Kennedy Enterprises, to provide staffing for several recall campaigns. On its website, Kennedy Enterprises lists circulating petitions as one of the services it provides.
A Journal Sentinel spot check of Hansen recall signatures found that more than 150 of the 200 pages of signatures checked were circulated by people with out-of-state addresses.
But recall organizer David Vander Leest said the true proportion of signatures collected by out-of-staters was closer to 50%. And the Democratic analysis backed him up.
So while the folks attempting to recall the 8 Republican State Senators who voted in lockstep with Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union budget “repair” bill were Wisconsinites who were outraged at what’s been happening here in Wisconsin, those folks trying to recall the Democratic State Senators who stood up for Wisconsin’s public employees had to rely on paid out-of-state mercenaries to do their dirty work.