Gov. Scott Walker
As if it should come as any surprise, today we learn that complaints have been filed by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign against Gov. Scott Walker and several donors for exceeding the $10,000 campaign finance limit. The largest donor was Village of River Hills Trustee Michael White, who gave a whopping $15,000. Curious about the type of person who can afford to exceed campaign giving limits by $5,000, I looked into it further. Take a look at Mr. White’s twitter feed to catch a glimpse into the life of this contributor.
Here are some excerpts:
Michael H White
Cocktails in Mequon 2nite, golf tourny w/dinner 2morrow, wedding Sat, Phnx to see Sara Rose, Brett & Cheri Sun am, Milw Weds midnite. Whew!
Michael H White
Home alone for Village meeting tonight. Back to CO and mountains 7AM tomorrow.
wiscwhitehouse Michael H White
Surfing financial web pages from office
Mostly innocuous, yes, but what other village board members have the ability to jet back and forth from Colorado to attend meetings.
Mr. White owns the Rite Hite Corporation
. Rite-Hite employs 1,400 people worldwide and maintains more than 30 representative organizations in 100 locations throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. Manufacturing facilities are located in Memphis, TN; Dubuque, IA; Denver, CO; Toronto, Ontario; Kunshan, China, Volkmarsen, Germany; and Jawor, Poland.
One would expect an elected official to be familiar with campaign finance limits. It is also a mystery how the Walker campaign managed to over-look contributions in excess of the established limits. Governor Walker, who constantly attempts to draw attention to his fiscal prowess, obviously fails at managing his own campaign accounts. Yet he is trusted with our tax dollars.
There’s a pattern here. Not long ago, Bill Gardner, CEO of the Wisconsin Southern Railroad, was convicted of two felony campaign law violations
for “encouraging” employees to donate money to Walker, and then reimbursing them from the company coffers. Incidentally, the Wisconsin Southern Railroad was awarded a state contract worth millions by the Walker Administration. And today we learn that Ted Nickel, the State Insurance Commissioner appointed by Walker, also exceeded the campaign giving limits. Political paybacks are alive and well in Wisconsin.