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Your Views: Gov. Walker’s former words revealing in today’s politics

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August 22, 2014

Our state citizen’s watchdog, Common Cause in Wisconsin, recently uncovered an interesting news clipping. In 1997, then state Rep. Scott Walker, R-Wauwatosa, as an unspoiled representative of the Original Wisconsin Republican Party, in a press release proposed that all out-of-state groups that spend money in Wisconsin elections disclose where those funds came from.

“For all we know, some of this money could be coming from foreign sources,” Rep. Walker said.

He then strongly supported the type of full disclosure of the donors of outside money that Wisconsin has needed for two decades. It is interesting that now that he is working hand-in-glove with the Koch brothers, and their money is supporting his run for the presidency, Gov. Walker is much less supportive of such disclosure. In fact, he and his legislative allies have been major impediments to providing information voters need about who is behind the millions of dollars of outside money being spent in Wisconsin elections—particularly in gubernatorial elections.

Gov. Walker and his Koch/ALEC-supported Legislature have severely gerrymandered the state so that much of our vote is for naught. They have pushed severe restrictions of voting rights “in order to control fraud,” which is almost nonexistent. Nationally they have been packing our courts for some time.

If you voted for Gov. Walker and associates, you may think you are on the winning side. The truth is, everything they accomplish supports the billionaire/corporate agenda, at our expense!

WENDELL SWIFT

Whitewater



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