Wisconsin Gov. Supported by Koch Brothers

From a Democracy Now program”
More information has come to light about the close ties between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who helped bankroll the Tea Party movement. According to Wisconsin campaign finance filings, Koch Industries funneled $43,000 to Walker’s gubernatorial campaign, making it one of Walker’s biggest contributors. In addition, Koch Industries gave more than $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which played a key role in the Wisconsin race. Since taking office, Walker has been in close contact with Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-funded organization. The head of the organization, Tim Phillips, told the New York Times that his group had worked behind the scenes to try to encourage a union showdown in Wisconsin.”

An article in the Cap(ital) Times contains many pertinent pieces of information. Among others:

“Walker says current and future budget holes are forcing his hand. Yet even though the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the state’s largest public sector unions, have agreed with Walker’s proposal that their members should pay 5.8 percent of their salaries toward pensions and 12.6 percent of their health care premiums, the governor says he won’t negotiate on his plan to strip public workers of almost all of their bargaining rights.
This reinforces the belief held by many Democrats and others that Walker is using the recession and structural budget deficit to manufacture a crisis in order to cripple public sector unions, which, for the most part, are heavy Democratic backers here and elsewhere.”

“And it’s not just partisans who have come to this conclusion. “I think it’s fair to say that this is not about solving a fiscal crisis. This is about trying to end unions’ influence in Wisconsin on the public sector side,” says Peter Davis, general counsel for the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, which, among other things, mediates labor disputes and oversees union elections. “It’s extraordinarily well-done and well-orchestrated and tightly written and I tip my hat in some way to whoever is behind this. I doubt they’re from Wisconsin.”
One suspect is the team of Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who own Koch Industries and whose combined fortune is estimated at $37 billion.”

The reader no doubt gets the drift. Read the entire article.

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