I’ve got a bone to pick with the Defending Wisconsin Political Action Committee (PAC), a group headed by “Segway” Jeremy Ryan. The Defending Wisconsin PAC is one of the myriad of political action committees that sprouted up here in Wisconsin in the aftermath of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s assault on public employees and their collective bargaining rights, and from a quick glance at its website, the group certainly seems to be on the side of Wisconsin’s public employees.
However, while Defending Wisconsin seems to support Wisconsin’s unionized public employees, the July Continuing Report filed by Defending Wisconsin PAC shows that group spent spent $633 at Bob’s Copy Center in Madison for “printing – copies,” and expense that is among the largest expenses that group had for the reporting period. Being that I’m a pro-union guy, I figured, “Well Bob’s Copy Center must be a union shop….after all, why would a pro-union PAC use non-union labor?” Unfortunately, I was wrong, as Amy Pigott of Bob’s Copy Center confirmed that Bob’s Copy Center is not a union shop.
Reached for comment on why his pro-union group used non-union labor for printing, Jeremy Ryan noted, “Bob’s Copy Shop was chosen because of how close they were (a few blocks) from where I was living at the time and most importantly, because they provided the copy services at over 20% less than the next lowest quote I got.”
Solidarity? Not so much.