Takeover Thursday


Scott Walker was under pressure. It was September 2011, and earlier that year the first-term governor had turned himself into the poster boy of hardline Republican politics by passing the notorious anti-union measure Act 10, stripping public sector unions of collective bargaining rights.

Now he was under attack himself, pursued by progressive groups who planned revenge by forcing him into a recall election. His job was on the line.

He asked his main fundraiser, Kate Doner, to write him a briefing note on how they could raise enough money to win the election. At 6.39am on a Wednesday, she fired off an email to Walker and his top advisers flagged “red”.

“Gentlemen,” she began. “Here are my quick thoughts on raising money for Walker’s possible recall efforts.”

Her advice was bold and to the point. “Corporations,” she said. “Go heavy after them to give.” She continued: “Take Koch’s money. Get on a plane to Vegas and sit down with Sheldon Adelson. Ask for $1m now.”

Her advice must have hit a sweet spot, because money was soon pouring in from big corporations and mega-wealthy individuals from across the nation. A few months after the memo, Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate who Forbes estimates has a personal fortune of $26bn, was to wire a donation of $200,000 for the cause.

Adelson’s generosity, like that of most of the other major donors solicited by Walker and crew, was made out not to the governor’s own personal campaign committee but to a third-party group that did not have to disclose its donors. In the world of campaign finance, the group was known as a “dark money” organisation, as it was the recipient of a secret flow of funds that the public knew nothing about.

One of the checks made out to the group, for $10,000, came from a financier called G Frederick Kasten Jr. In the subject line of the check, Kasten had written in his own hand: “Because Scott Walker asked”.

@ TG


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15 Responses to Takeover Thursday

  1. Den says:

    United States of America, now under new ownership.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Sierra Club has a petition against Beyer — Monsanto merger. I signed.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Slow. Took 12 minutes to the Hillside Cafe today.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Launching from Dana again, 91 minutes to C Street. Daily total is 12+91=103 minutes, average.

      Just grasshoppers and butterflies until near the end of Grimes Way where there was a bird I have seen before, even in flocks, but don’t know the name; a bit bigger than a robin and with subtler colorings. Across Terre View Drive at the end of Grimes Way is the WSU Arboretum and Wildlife Conservation Center as I discovered today by going over to read a sign with the name and a map on it. Yesterday there were half a dozen people over there looking at the trees.

      When crossing over the top of Terrell Library, the high point of the trip with a great view to the north, even up to Kamiak Butte near Rosalia, check that distance on the map, I could hear the announcer, who is also the mayor, at the woman’s soccer game at what is now called the Lower Soccer Field. It was much improved last year bringing it up to the standard needed for a nationally prominent team; those women play well and are rarely beaten.

      Lovely warm, but not too warm, day.


  4. Den says:

    The famous Hillside Cafe.
    (Close by the girls dorm you old rascal)
    Menu looks good from here.


  5. Den says:

    I believe I am suffering from news overload, lie sorting has never been so bad, a virtual tie between Ole Hill and Brat Boy, WTF? 50% of America asleep @ the switch? WTF?


  6. Den says:

    I only hope the Bumpkins are too lazy to vote or too stupid to remember when, this is insane.


  7. Den says:

    I have sworn off FB, censorship of which DWF has been a victim, select images, unselect images, getting shoved into the Most Popular Bin, having to reset to Recent Posts, even then stuff is 22 hours old mixed in with 30 minute stuff. Major meddling going on, too much, I do not want to display my life’s activities to Foreign Governments for scrutineering no matter who they are.

    FB – You can checkout any time you like but you can never leave.


  8. º¿carol says:

    Popping in to say I’ve got noting. Well, there’s this, I made beef stew this afternoon and Pete was over to visit.



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