Political Animal


April 21, 2012 1:45 PM Koch Coughs Up Another $Mil for Pro-Walker Group

By Adele Stan

With his recall election looming in early June, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is leaving no stone unturned in amassing his money advantage over the four Democratic candidates vying to take the governor’s mansion from him in retribution for his union-bashing law that all but stripped state employees of their collective bargaining rights. But a lot of those stones, it seems, are piled up in a single yard, that belonging to the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

Among Walker’s biggest backing groups is the Republican Governors Association, which has created an entity dedicated to Walker’s defense. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s enterprising Daniel Bice reports:

The Republican governors’ group has made Walker’s recall contest one of its top priorities.
Under the name Right Direction Wisconsin, the RGA has bought slightly more than $3 million worth of TV time to air its commercials in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, La Crosse and Wausau, according to political insiders.

This week, Bice writes, tax documents filed by David Koch revealed that he donated $1 million to the RGA this year, “which is running ads statewide supporting Walker and criticizing the top two Democratic candidates - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk,” according to Bice. He continues:

Koch’s $1 million contribution comes on top of the cash that he and his brother, Charles, have given to Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group founded by the pair that aired a series of ads earlier this year supporting Walker’s budget proposals.
The political action committee for Koch Industries - an energy and consumer products conglomerate based in Wichita, Kan. - also contributed $43,000 to Walker’s campaign in 2010.
Last year, a blogger embarrassed Walker by giving him a prank call in which the blogger pretended to be David Koch. Koch, a frequent target of liberals, told The New York Times at the time that he didn’t even know Walker’s name.


  • Patrick Star on April 21, 2012 2:48 PM:

    You could make a pretty good living sponging money off these rich assholes like the Kochs and the Adelsons of the world.

  • DFH on April 21, 2012 2:49 PM:

    Koch millions in Madison, Milwaukee, et al:

    that's your trickle-down economics at work.

  • jjm on April 21, 2012 2:56 PM:

    Dare we hope they are throwing bad money after bad?

    I notice that Wisconsin has had job losses in the private sector, so the pathetic excuse of firing state workers to liberate money for private sector growth just isn't credible.

  • researcher on April 21, 2012 5:31 PM:

    Republicans and Mr. Etch-a-Sketch are losing their war on women. Neither thoughtful nor intelligent, Scott Walker is a calculating, souless-eyed man and way painful to look at. But he's peaked.
    David Stockman, budget director for Reagan, says the Republican Party had totally abdicated its job as the guardian of fiscal discipline. They're on an anti-tax jihad--one that benefits the prosperous classes."

    Party of the rich. Reprehensible, with neglible talent, this crowd.
    Talk about class warfare. They are what they do.

    I find solace listening to U2 muaic.


  • researcher on April 21, 2012 5:32 PM:

    U2 music

  • jollyroger on April 22, 2012 5:59 AM:

    Wisconsin is Stalingrad.

    A peoples' victory will set the stage for November, and set the high water mark for a counter-revolution that started with the plot to assassinate FDR.

    A loss will set loose the vultures of reaction.