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Posted at 4:41 PM ET, 02/24/2011

Watchdog calls for criminal probe of Governor Walker over prank Koch call

By Greg Sargent

A Washington-based campaign finance watchdog group is calling on Wisconsin prosecutors to launch an investigation of Governor Scott Walker, alleging potentially illegal fundraising activity in an exchange with the prankster who posed as billionaire David Koch, the group says.

The Public Campaign Action Fund provided me with a letter it has sent to the Dane County District Attorney, who has jurisdiction over state government matters, asking him to probe whether Walker engaged in an effort to solicit "illegal coordinated political spending," as well as whether he illegally did so from state property, i.e., his office.

In the letter, the Public Campaign Action fund, which leans liberal but also criticizes Dems, cites an exchange in which the Koch imposter asked: "Now what else could we do for you down there?" Walker gave a convoluted answer which, the group alleges, hinted at a request for Koch to bankroll paid media to back up Republican legislators who are under fire from labor:

The coming days and weeks and months ahead, particularly in some of these more swing areas, a lot of these guys are gonna need, they don't necessarily need ads for them, but they're gonna need a message out reinforcing why this was a good thing to do for the economy and a good thing to do for the state. So to the extent that that message is out over and over again, that's obviously a good thing.

The Public Campaign Action fund alleges that this represents an effort to coordinate spending with an independent entity, which may be illegal under Wisconsin law. The group also alleges that such a call may not be received on or made from state property.

Separately, a former Democratic attorney general has also suggested potential ethics violations in this exchange.

In fairness to Walker, the exchange is quite convoluted. It's not clear what precisely he was asking for when he suggested support to shore up embattled legislators. It's also unclear how the fact that the caller turned out to be a fake would impact the legal issues involved. But the drip-drip-drip of such stories will continue to feed impressions that Walker's call -- even though it was with an impostor -- pushed ethical and perhaps legal boundaries.

Walker's spokesman didn't immediately return an email for comment.

By Greg Sargent  | February 24, 2011; 4:41 PM ET
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Comments

Republicans ALWAYS abuse their authority.

Scott "Koch Wh_re" Walker must R-E-S-I-G-N!!!

Posted by: ronnieandrush | February 24, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

It's clear that all that Walker was requesting was for Koch to volunteer to be a guest on the Sunday shows to "get the message out".

On a related note, the one missing story to complete the "embarrassing revelation by a politician who didn't know he was being recorded" media narrative is the charge of illegal wiretapping. Any indication Walker is going to pursue anything like this against Ian Murphy?

Posted by: jnc4p | February 24, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

This is all going a big fat nowhere.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | February 24, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

@jnc4p:
It's NOT illegal in Wisconsin. End of story.

Posted by: lyndenmcphee | February 24, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

When ever someone writes: "end of story" you know that they are engaging in a cover up. Especially when it is written by some newcomer to the site.

Posted by: Liam-still | February 24, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The teacher union controversy is a distraction to the legislation that Walker is *really* trying to slip by. It's payback time for the wealthy billionaires support with the ability to buy WI utilities on a no-bid contract:

http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/02/22/a-secret-deal-between-gov-walker-and-koch-brothers-buried-in-state-budget/

Who stands to gain from this part of the bill if passed? If Gov. Walker was interested in the best interests of the state of Wisconsin, this part of the bill would NOT be included. We would want Wisconsin to get the most $$ for sale or lease of WI utlities. This provision smells very fishy.

Posted by: russetwil | February 24, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I want Gov. Walker to push the wire tapping charges so that we can hear the tapes played over and over in court.

I bet that is the last thing Walker would want to have happen, since he is heard sucking up to an out of State Oligarch, who he is trying to give away the State Power Plants to for a song.

The part, when Walker expresses delight about the offer to fly his entire family to California, and show them a good time, would make for good listening also.

Please Hosni Walker; file a wire tap complaint, so that we can get you on the stand.

I triple dog dare you to do so, Joe McCarthy's evil spawn!

Posted by: Liam-still | February 24, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey folks, Governor Walker is not the only great Republican politician to originate from the State of Wisconsin. Let's not forget a politician who actually graduated from Marquette University – Joseph R. McCarthy. He is credited with being the father of McCarthyism, to help expose and prosecute communist sympathizers.

Posted by: ken45 | February 24, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"Koch brothers quietly open lobbying office in downtown Madison" (Madison Capital Times)

Now why on earth would they want to do that with no less than 7 lobbyists? Hmmmm connect the dots, it's not hard.

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_7e8aa25a-3ec0-11e0-9923-001cc4c03286.html

Posted by: russetwil | February 24, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"Now why on earth would they want to do that with no less than 7 lobbyists? Hmmmm connect the dots, it's not hard."

I guess the Koch Bros. can't wait to get their grubby paws on those WI utility companies. The people in WI tend to be a savvy group compared to those third world states lik OK, SC, Mississippi, etc. with their feudal oligarchies well in place.
In this case the WI voters were punked in November into electing a corporate shill.
Wait a year and throw the bum out.

Posted by: filmnoia | February 24, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure that simply saying it would be good to get the message out would be considered requesting funding directly enough to warrent a real issue.

However, I do recall that there are laws against message "coordination" between elected officials and independent groups...at least I recall stories about it cropping up during the last few elections (nothing came of it, not suprisingly).

I, for one, hope that there is an actual ethics/legal violation somewhere in this call. I'd be suprised if there is, or if there is, that it would have any repurcussions -- it's not a O'Keefe tape or anything, right? (sigh)

It seems, as Greg points out, that a string of stories like this are more likely to just wear down Gov. Walker's standing politically. Drip-drip-drip stories like this are cancerous to approval ratings.

First, he looked dumb for getting pranked.
Then, out of touch (or corrupt) for taking the call in the first place.
Then, he looked shady for his planned deceptions.
Then, stubborn because of his refusal to budge.
Then, possible ethics/legal violations.
Also, taking heat for possibly trying to turn the protests violent.
Next...?????

That's a lot of juice out of one prank phone call.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | February 24, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

"Wait a year and throw the bum out."

Only ten more months to go!

Posted by: suekzoo1 | February 24, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

So Glenn Beck compares Reform Judaism to "Radicalized Islam" and nobody cares? I posted this earlier and only Liam responded. Does anyone have anything to contribute to this topic? Do you think it's okay? Would you call or email Fox News demanding an end to this bigotry? As I said on the other thread. If you can sit there and do nothing in the face of this disgusting, despicable, bigoted behavior, then I don't care what party or ideology you subscribe to, you simply SUCK.

DO SOMETHING.

Does Fox News stand by this insane bigot?

Call them and ask:

888-369-4762
glennbeck@foxnews.com

Thank you.

Posted by: ronnieandrush | February 24, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Given that Koch is not in the regulated utility business, why in the world would he want to buy a power plant? It would be the biggest misuse of capital imaginable.

The left-wing fever swamps are working overtime on this. I think its time to start buying Alcoa.

Posted by: sold2u | February 24, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Look at it this way, Wisconsin has one of the best governors that meny can buy. Now who had what deal and with whom and how the Real David Koch may or may not have had this or that to do with that or this is not open to public knowledge, this had ot be one of this “private” deals. And Gov. Walker appears to have been ALL-RIGHT excited about a victory junk offered by Bogus David Koch.

Oh my, Walker's office has confirmed that he had this conversation with Bogus David Koch and it ended with on to victory and Calais “All right!”.

Next thing you know Bogus French President Sarkozy will be calling Walker and suggesting that while Walker is on his Koch-provided junket to Calais, to which Walker responded, “All right!” Sarkozy is going to fly in France’s finest Champaign, the King of Cheese, Brie de Meaux, and Sara Palin to boot. All right!

Who needs any Wisconsin beer and cheese when you got a patron of politics like David Koch, if you are Walker, no wonder you would ended the call with “Thanks a million!”

Posted by: Islewood | February 24, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"So, who in the state of Wisconsin would be in a position to buy or operate these utilities such operations and benefit from a bid-free scenario?

There are a few companies that seem best positioned to fill this roll. They are, courtesy of Current.com -

Flint Hills Resources, LLC,
Koch Pipeline Company, L.P.
The C. Reiss Coal Company "*

All owned by Koch brothers and all operate in the State of Wisconsin

* http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/02/22/a-secret-deal-between-gov-walker-and-koch-brothers-buried-in-state-budget/

The plot, it thickens...

Posted by: russetwil | February 24, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"Koch Pipeline Company, L.P."

Not this one. They are a big customer of the company I work for. They are a pipeline. Period. They move gas and oil around from state to state.

"Flint Hills Resources, LLC,"

Prolly not this one either. Another big customer. They are a oil and gas refiner and chemical manufacturer.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | February 24, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Given that Koch is not in the regulated utility business, why in the world would he want to buy a power plant? It would be the biggest misuse of capital imaginable.

The left-wing fever swamps are working overtime on this. I think its time to start buying Alcoa.

Posted by: sold2u | February 24, 2011 5:33 PM |

Take it up with Hosni Walker, the Evil Spawn of Joe McCarty. He is the one who has stuck it in a bill.

Posted by: Liam-still | February 24, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

"Given that Koch is not in the regulated utility business, why in the world would he want to buy a power plant? It would be the biggest misuse of capital imaginable."

Koch Industries is one of the biggest privately held companies in the world. They are diversified and acquiring different businesses as I type. Get a clue.

Posted by: filmnoia | February 24, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

"Koch Industries is one of the biggest privately held companies in the world. They are diversified and acquiring different businesses as I type. Get a clue."

Very true. My company has dealing with quite a few of the Koch entities. If they were to buy a power plant, it would be a separate business, not in tandem with anything else they currently do. There is less liability exposure that way.

Koch also owns Georgia-Pacific...if any of you out there are in construction or going to remodel your house this year....

Posted by: suekzoo1 | February 24, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see an ad that shows Walker high-five-ing his political cronies while a background announcer says....

"Governor Walker, you've just taken away the people's basic right to collectively bargain....what are you going to do now?"

....and then camera goes to a close-up of Walker jubilantly exclaiming, "I'm going to DisneyLand on a private Koch brothers jet!"

Posted by: elscott | February 24, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I know this Koch/Walker thing is huge.

But please take 5 seconds to call Fox News and ask if they stand behind Glenn Beck's obviously bigoted comments against Jews.

Contact them here:

888-369-4762
glennbeck@foxnews.com

Posted by: ronnieandrush | February 24, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

How about we put Christ back in Christian? The GOP candidate running for mayor of Jacksonville, FL made a joke to a group of 100 people about bombing abortion clinics while HE WAS IN A CATHOLIC CHURCH. The audience laughed and applauded.

------

"Mike Hogan says comment that abortion clinic bombing "may cross my mind" was joke"

http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2011-02-21/story/mike-hogan-says-comment-abortion-clinic-bombing-may-cross-my-mind-was

Posted by: suekzoo1 | February 24, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey this is very interesting (via Sullivan):

"Only 5 states do not have collective bargaining for educators and have deemed it illegal. Those states and their ranking on ACT/SAT scores are as follows:

South Carolina – 50th
North Carolina – 49th
Georgia – 48th
Texas – 47th
Virginia – 44th

If you are wondering, Wisconsin, with its collective bargaining for teachers, is ranked 2nd in the country."

Posted by: suekzoo1 | February 24, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

It is sad to conclude that Greg Sargent is in the same class as Liam-still. Both make the foolish assumption that everyone who isn't a liberal is just stupid.

Honestly Mr Sargent don't you think that at some point the right would catch on to the astro turf you guys push all day every day?

Here is a perfect example. Mr Sargent breathlessly advises us that a "watchdog" group is calling for investigations into Mr Walker in WI

Gosh, that's earth shattering! Hey, who is this watchdog group?

A few seconds with google and wahhhhh la:
"The following individuals and institutions have contributed or granted funds to Public Campaign Action Fund since 2008*

$20,000+ (in a calendar year):

James Campbell
Common Cause
Democracy Fund
Michael Kieschnick
MoveOn.org Political Action
National Education Association
Proteus Fund
Deborah Salkind
Service Employees International Union
Tides Voter Action Fund
Working Assets"

directly from the web site kids. Read 'em and weep.

do you really think we are that naive Mr Sargent? Seriously?

First and most important, one must listen carefully to what liberals accuse others of doing. Often these are rank falsehoods and often they are based on what the liberals themselves are actually doing.

For example, the liberals hurl accusations of "astro turf" all the time, yet what we see here is a bought and paid for attempt to appear impartial. A "watchdog" group? And the liam stills here complain about the Koch brothers. I wonder how much the lefties gave to fund this idiotic astroturf group? Any guesses Mr Sargent?

Again, Mr Sargent, do you think we're just too stupid to figure this out? Were you honestly hoping to get by with this?

Where in Mr Sargent's essay does he mention the bona fides of this "watchdog" group? Oh, will you look at that! He didn't.

Something is drip, drip, dripping Mr Sargent. I think its your credibility, and that of the rest of the left, circling the porcelain punch bowl.

this is the return of the son of the great Palin calumnification. It worked so well after Tucson, that the liberals just have to go at it again.

Civility? That's for weenies, eh Greg? Why bother with that when the left can spend a fortune to fabricate stories.


Posted by: skipsailing28 | February 24, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

"Given that Koch is not in the regulated utility business, why in the world would he want to buy a power plant? It would be the biggest misuse of capital imaginable."

Koch Industries is one of the biggest privately held companies in the world. They are diversified and acquiring different businesses as I type. Get a clue.
_________________________________________

Just because a conglomerate buys businesses doesn't mean that every business acquisition makes sense. There are zero synergies between a power station, a pipeline, a fuel depot and a coal depot. Plus I suspect you have zero insight into how electricity rates are set. If you did, you would understand why this left-wing tin-foil hat conspiracy makes no business sense.

Posted by: sold2u | February 24, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

""It is sad to conclude that Greg Sargent is in the same class as Liam-still. Both make the foolish assumption that everyone who isn't a liberal is just stupid.""

I freely acknowledge there are lots of really smart people who are both evil and/or greedy.
.

Posted by: jprestonian | February 24, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Lol another left wing attempted smear job.

1. Get some hack organization to pull a prank
2. Get some hack organization to say it "could be criminal"
3. Get a bunch of hack Journolists to stir the controversy

The issue is democrats and their refusal to do their job.

As Obama stated "elections have consequences" so how about stop trying to smear republicans and instead acknowledge "they won" and have the right to enact laws on behalf of their constituents.

Posted by: Cryos | February 24, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

"Given that Koch is not in the regulated utility business, why in the world would he want to buy a power plant? It would be the biggest misuse of capital imaginable."

Koch Industries is one of the biggest privately held companies in the world. They are diversified and acquiring different businesses as I type. Get a clue.
_________________________________________

Just because a conglomerate buys businesses doesn't mean that every business acquisition makes sense. There are zero synergies between a power station, a pipeline, a fuel depot and a coal depot. Plus I suspect you have zero insight into how electricity rates are set. If you did, you would understand why this left-wing tin-foil hat conspiracy makes no business sense.

Posted by: sold2u | February 24, 2011 6:17 PM
===========
Liberals' conspiracies don't have to make sense.

They just have to play off of people's fears and the media's lies using simple minded phrases like 'big corporations' 'bigwigs' 'CEOs' 'big oil' and that makes it all true.

Posted by: Cryos | February 24, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

@cyros- The republicans are pretty good at "smearing" themselves.

Posted by: valerie14 | February 24, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

And lots of really smart people that are neither.

I note with amusement that you have no response to the facts I posted. All you've got is yet another liberal misdirection play.

Mr Sargent is nothing more than a tool here. His job is to keep the big lie machinery humming by repeating the party line on his blog.

As I recall, in the cold war folks like Mr Sargent were called aparatchiks. Yeah, that's the ticket.

So what we have here is the left using its bought and paid for lie machine in an attempt to destroy someone who has the nerve to stand in the way of socialism. How dare Mr Walker?

I wonder how Mr Sargent lives with himself. How do you keep your self respect when you are revealed to be nothing more than a party mouthpiece?

I hope for your sake that Mr Soros notices. That way at least you'll have a shot at getting some money in exchange for your soul.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | February 24, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

""And lots of really smart people that are neither.""

Well, we **were** talking about conservatives in general, right?
.

Posted by: jprestonian | February 24, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Yep exactly skip. I think though Walker won't let it distract him or throw him off balance. I think the smear job will fail.

Huffington Post bloggers didn't find out how big of tools they are until their hero Arianna sold them out to a big corporation for personal benefit LOL.

Posted by: Cryos | February 24, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I guess I could be surprised that all the Conservatives have thrown their weight behind Walker. But somehow, I'm not. Must be all that independent thought at work.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 24, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

What Scott Walker is saying is

**Someone's got to pay.**

Who? Well, quite logically, all those who make far below the "not rich" benchmark of $250,000.00/year, and so reasonably not those who make $250,000.00/year or many, many, many, many, many, many times that amount.
.

Posted by: jprestonian | February 24, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

"Boohoo there are rich people that make more than me and it makes me feel empowered to take more and more from them."

Get a life and make yourself rich. If you don't have the ambition than also drop the jealousy. It gets so tiring hearing of the complaining about rich and successful people day after day by liberals. Put up or shut up.

Posted by: Cryos | February 24, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

""Get a life and make yourself rich. If you don't have the ambition than also drop the jealousy. It gets so tiring hearing of the complaining about rich and successful people day after day by liberals. Put up or shut up.""

Or, just hunt the affluent for food.
.

Posted by: jprestonian | February 24, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

@Comrade skip-

I would think a Comrade such as yourself would know the definition of "apparatchik", but it seems you don't. Only in your conspiracy-addled brain can compare what Greg does and who he does it for with the federal govenment or the Democratic Party. Does he work for the Feds? No. Does he work for the Democratic Party? No, but if he did he'd probably be fired for all the criticism of the Democrats that are on these pages. Naturally, *you* don't see it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apparatchik

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | February 24, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

All, Happy Hour Roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2011/02/happy_hour_roundup_193.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | February 24, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Governor Walker couldn’t be a politician in Arizona, he’d bring a baseball bat to gun fight.

Posted by: JustBob54 | February 24, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Liam:

It isn't wire tapping because it was a direct call. Once upon a time it might have been an illegal recording, as the law required anyone recording a conversation to inform the person being recorded and put an identifier tone on the line every fifteen seconds as long as the recorder was running, but I doubt any state has that law on the books anymore.

Posted by: ceflynline | February 24, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

"DO SOMETHING. Does Fox News stand by this insane bigot? Call them and ask: Posted by: ronnieandrush"


Remember:
1 It's Glenn beck

and

2 It's Fox

and

3 ITS True. Of Course Fox stands by Glenn Beck. They won't fire him until their advertisers pull ads.

Their advertisers won't pull ads until they start losing business

AND

4 Glen Beck's listeners won't pull their business.

Posted by: ceflynline | February 24, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

"Just because a conglomerate buys businesses doesn't mean that every business acquisition makes sense. There are zero synergies between a power station, a pipeline, a fuel depot and a coal depot. Plus I suspect you have zero insight into how electricity rates are set. If you did, you would understand why this left-wing tin-foil hat conspiracy makes no business sense. Posted by: sold2u "

NO synergies between Coal, natural gas, and fuel depots and power generating stations?

Like what do your power plants burn for energy?

AND, having control of the whole fuel cycle, they also have, (at some added expense) the ability to adulterate tgeir fuel, because their engineers would be doing the testing. Want to cheaply burn waste? Try a coal fired power plant without EPA license to do so.

But even if there are only the best reasons for Koch to want the plants, these are NO BID sales. Just maybe the plants would be a whole lot more valuable than Koch wants to pay for them.

Posted by: ceflynline | February 24, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

What official Wisconsin business was the governor planning to transact from his office via that phone call? I heard none and can imagine none. We've become desensitized to improper conduct by elected officials. And Supreme Court justices.

Posted by: pjro | February 24, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Quote: @jnc4p:
It's NOT illegal in Wisconsin. End of story.

Posted by: lyndenmcphee | February 24, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Really? A quick google search on recording phone calls finds: Recording a communication without consent is criminally punishable by up to six years in prison and/ or a $10,000 fine. Wis. Stat.§ 939.50.

Posted by: dhbarr | February 24, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many Wisconsin State Police Troopers, in the future, will be willing to risk life and limb each and every day for $8.00 to $10.00 dollars per hour and no state sponsored health benefits?
Or would a relatively safe job at Burger King for $7.00 per hour be more attractive?

Just a thought.

Posted by: vilulf | February 24, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The Indonesian Imbecile takes calls from his Demonrat masters all the time in the Oval Office as he robs the American taxpayer blind of trillions of dollars. Walker takes a phone call from a donator and it's suddenly a big f'ing deal? Sargent is a guy who, if he didn't have double standards, would have no standards at all.

Posted by: djman1141 | February 25, 2011 1:00 AM | Report abuse

"I bet that is the last thing Walker would want to have happen, since he is heard sucking up to an out of State Oligarch, who he is trying to give away the State Power Plants to for a song.

The part, when Walker expresses delight about the offer to fly his entire family to California, and show them a good time, would make for good listening also."

Yeah, as opposed to out-of-state morons like JJackson and thug/goons like Trumka.

I heard the tape too, and he was trying to get off the line, not expressing delight. I can see how a moronic imbecile like yourself would get that mixed up.

Posted by: djman1141 | February 25, 2011 1:04 AM | Report abuse

@viluf
RE: Your comments below. Didn't you hear? Walker is using a classic proto-facist technique: He's made a deal with the police and firefighter unions. They are in his hip pocket. He's going to bust the unions with members who don't carry guns and axes.

Those troopers will do anything Walker asks (out of camera range).

If you listen to the prank phone call you can get a glimpse inside this guy's true nature: He's rather boastful about having a baseball bat in his office when the prank caller mentions "bring a baseball bat" and also his "we thought about that" comment with regards to placing troublemakers into the protest crowds. This man is a malignant psychopath.


"I wonder how many Wisconsin State Police Troopers, in the future, will be willing to risk life and limb each and every day for $8.00 to $10.00 dollars per hour and no state sponsored health benefits?
Or would a relatively safe job at Burger King for $7.00 per hour be more attractive?

Just a thought."
Posted by: vilulf | February 24, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: NeuronFlash | February 25, 2011 1:21 AM | Report abuse

It's clear that Walker is just sucking up to his corporate masters, but considering sending provocateurs into the midst of protestors to cause trouble goes far beyond partisan politics. The Governor was willing to possibly start a riot in the state capital – risking life and property - to get his way. That’s no small matter. He should be removed from office.

Posted by: KingMax | February 25, 2011 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to Governor Walker! An underhanded imposter tried to get him to compromise his ethics and morals in this phone call and Walker proves he is beyond reproach. He never asked for money - only support. In this phone call, the 'worst' this fake caller could get was this from the Governor:

"The coming days and weeks and months ahead, particularly in some of these more swing areas, a lot of these guys are gonna need, they don't necessarily need ads for them, but they're gonna need a message out reinforcing why this was a good thing to do for the economy and a good thing to do for the state."

... and he stands by this as the protesters are objecting to contributing more for medical and their pensions! Please join the rest of the world on this issue - people are living longer and ratio of workers to retirees is worsening. It is not sustainable. Thank you Gov. Walker for telling the truth. SCOTT WALKER FOR PRESIDENT!

Posted by: rustre | February 25, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

the power plant issue, i believe, are the small power plants that heat and cool campuses. these can be universities or other groups of buildings. So not only do I own the pipeline and charge for the fuel, I now can charge to deliver and maintain the power services and then have WI tax payers pay through the yazoo! what a deal!

Posted by: buytheway | February 25, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Why do so many GOPers like Koch!

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | February 27, 2011 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Walker doesn't care about breaking laws. Check out this article on him when he was county exec. in Milwaukee:

The county did not have a true budget crisis at the time and county officials failed to give the union representing the security guards an opportunity to make some alternative cost-saving proposals before laying them off,

Check out the Journal Sentinel article:
ttp://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/113212479.html
This is from Jan. 10th. It seems to be very relevant now!

Milwaukee County must offer to reinstate 26 courthouse security guards who were laid off nearly a year ago when then-County Executive Scott Walker replaced them with private guards as an emergency budget measure, according to an arbitrator's decision issued Monday.

The county did not have a true budget crisis at the time and county officials failed to give the union representing the security guards an opportunity to make some alternative cost-saving proposals before laying them off, according to the decision from arbitrator Amedeo Greco.

Greco's ruling also said the $125,000 annual savings from privatizing the courthouse security estimated by county officials was overstated by nearly $53,000.

"It's another example here of penny-wise, pound-foolish," said Patricia Yunk, policy director for District Council 48 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. She said Walker's emergency outsourcing move of courthouse security was an example of how his strategy of punishing unions that failed to agree to concessions went awry.

Posted by: FrankRead | February 28, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

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