Cross-posted from The Prairie Badger
The progressive organization One Wisconsin Now, led by Scot Ross, has filed an official complaint with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB), alleging that Republican Governor Scott Walker’s campaign has committed systematic violations of Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws:
Gov. Scott Walker’s latest campaign finance filing fails to disclose employment information, as required by state law, for 240 large contributions, according to an analysis by One Wisconsin Now. Going back to 2009, when Walker began his run for Governor in earnest, his reports have failed to disclose legally required employer information for 7,512 big money donors giving over $100 totaling $2,330,197.98 in contributions.
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross commented, “We’re not just talking about one instance of sloppy bookkeeping here. Gov. Walker has a long and well-established pattern of complete and utter contempt for following the law when it comes to disclosing the required information about the big money givers footing the bill for him to pursue his political ambitions.”
Wisconsin State Statute section 11.06(1)(b) requires candidates and officeholders disclose, “The occupation and name and address of the principal place of employment, if any, of each individual contributor whose cumulative contributions for the calendar year are in excess of $100,” on their campaign finance reports. One Wisconsin Now has filed a complaint with the state Government Accountability Board against the Walker campaign for its violations of this statute.
You can view a copy of the complaint here
Walker’s systematic violation of campaign finance disclosure laws is only the latest example of Walker’s long track record of corruption and cronyism. Regardless of who Scott Walker’s 2014 Democratic challenger happens to be, he or she should campaign on restoring Wisconsin’s tradition of good government, which Walker and his allies have systematically destroyed.