Saturday, February 19, 2011

Koch Brothers Funded Wisconsin Governor

From The Raw Story

Who was the principle financiers of Wisconsin's Republican Governor, now embroiled in a controversial attempt to destroy public sector unions?
None other than reviled tea party financiers Charles and David Koch, is who.
Turns out, the billionaire oil tycoons' political action committee gave Gov. Scott Walker (R) roughly $100,000 in campaign contributions during the 2010 election, according to campaign finance records highlighted by Mother Jones.
The contributions came from the same source -- Koch Industries PAC -- and though through two channels which were both legal under current campaign finance law.

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  1. Rose, that's too darn funny for words! Great link!!

    Barret, the Democrats 2010 candidate, has his share of oil donors in the closet but has always been a union-puppet.

    The first list is from, the second is from
    I don't have a complete list of 2010 donors for Barret but its clear he is the public employee unions' choice. Had he won the election, would he even try to cut labor costs or would he first choose to raise taxes? We will never know.

    Name�� �Company�� �Amount
    Total contributions from individuals/overall:���������������������� $2,041,396/$2,387,871
    Marie Kohler�� �Co-artistic director, Renaissance Theaterworks�� �$10,000
    Bob Chernow�� �Vice president, RBC Dain Rauscher�� �$10,000
    Richard Abdoo�� �President, R.A. Abdoo & Co.�� �$10,000
    Donald Layden�� �Adviser, Warburg Pincus�� �$10,000
    Walter Skipper�� �Attorney, Quarles & Brady�� �$10,000
    Robert Habush�� �Attorney, Habush Davis & Rottier�� �$9,400
    Jose Garza�� �Owner, Conejito’s Place�� �$6,700
    Leonard Sobczak�� �President, Eastmore Real Estate�� �$5,800
    Martin Kohler�� �Attorney, Kohler & Hart�� �$5,800
    Evan Zeppos�� �Owner, Zeppos & Associates�� �$5,700
    John Miller�� �CEO, Miller-St.Nazianz Inc.�� �$5,550
    Riaz Mian�� �Proprietor, Mian’s Oil Co.�� �$5,000
    James Balestrieri�� �CEO, Oconomowoc Residential Programs�� �$4,500
    Stephen Marcus�� �Chairman, The Marcus Corp.�� �$4,150
    Thad Nation�� �Owner, Nation Consulting�� �$4,100
    John Kennedy�� �Attorney, Harley-Davidson�� �$4,000
    John Crichton�� �Investor, Shoreline Co.�� �$4,000
    Jalem Getz�� �President, BuySeasons Inc.�� �$3,800
    Geoff Hurtado�� �Senior vice president, Irgens Development�� �$3,600
    George Meyer�� �Architect, Kahler Slater�� �$3,550

    Rank Contributor Total Indivs PACs
    1 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $10,000 $0 $10,000
    1 Assn of Trial Lawyers of America $10,000 $0 $10,000
    1 Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union $10,000 $0 $10,000
    1 Teamsters Union $10,000 $0 $10,000
    1 United Auto Workers $10,000 $0 $10,000
    6 Laborers Union $7,000 $0 $7,000
    6 National Auto Dealers Assn $7,000 $0 $7,000
    8 American Hospital Assn $5,500 $250 $5,250
    9 Carpenters & Joiners Union $5,000 $0 $5,000
    9 Communications Workers of America $5,000 $0 $5,000
    9 National Assn of Realtors $5,000 $0 $5,000
    9 Service Employees International Union $5,000 $0 $5,000
    9 United Steelworkers of America $5,000 $0 $5,000
    14 Foley & Lardner $4,950 $4,950 $0
    15 Northwestern Mutual $4,500 $1,500 $3,000
    16 SBC Communications $4,250 $0 $4,250
    17 American Dental Assn $4,000 $0 $4,000
    17 National Education Assn $4,000 $0 $4,000

  2. Wow, it takes a lot of real working people to come up with the kind of cash the Koch Brothers just throw around.


    The labor unrest in Wisconsin exposed the Republican Party's plan to essentially divide-and-conquer the lower classes in America, a liberal author recently wrote.

    "The Republican strategy is to split the vast middle and working class - pitting unionized workers against non-unionized, public-sector workers against non-public, older workers within sight of Medicare and Social Security against younger workers who don't believe these programs will be there for them, and the poor against the working middle class," Robert Reich wrote on his blog Thursday.

    He continued, "Wisconsin's Republican governor Scott Walker and his GOP legislature are seeking to end almost all union rights for teachers."

    Reich, the author of "Supercapitalism," who served as President Bill Clinton's secretary of labor, explained that blaming of public workers for budgetary matters at state levels is part of the GOP's overall goal: to hide the economic excesses of the wealthiest Americans.

    "Republicans would rather no one notice their campaign to shrink the pie even further with additional tax cuts for the rich - making the Bush tax cuts permanent, further reducing the estate tax, and allowing the wealthy to shift ever more of their income into capital gains taxed at 15 percent," Reich wrote.

    Specifically, the two other parts of the GOP's three-pronged strategy included debate on the federal budget in Washington and the polarization of the US Supreme Court along ideological lines, he said.

    Reich explained that the recent attacks on US labor unions in the public sector is predicated on the lie that workers in the private sector make less money than public employees.

    They don't, when you take account of their education," he said. "In fact over the last fifteen years the pay of public-sector workers, including teachers, has dropped relative to private-sector employees with the same level of education - even including health and retirement benefits."

    The heart of the protests in Wisconsin lies with the governor's assertion that the public workers' right to collectively bargain for better treatment has mushroomed state deficits. States where employees have no bargaining rights, like Nevada, North Carolina, and Arizona, have huge budget deficits, some totaling 30 percent over spending, he said.

    Reich pointed out that the managers of Wall Street who caused the current unemployment crisis would have lost their jobs had it not been for their taxpayer-supported bailout two years ago. He noted that taxes on the earnings of some 13 hedge-fund managers could pay for 300,000 teachers.

    "Who is more valuable: One hedge fund manager or one teacher?" he asked.

    Wis. Gov. Walker indicated Sunday that he is not willing to compromise his position on eliminating collective bargaining rights for state employees.

  4. "They don't, when you take account of their education," he said. "In fact over the last fifteen years the pay of public-sector workers, including teachers, has dropped relative to private-sector employees with the same level of education - even including health and retirement benefits.""
    Oh, the education myth. How many small companies (1-100 employees) in the U.S.A. hire PhD staff? How many hire grads with a masters? How about a bachelors? The truth is that the vast majority of jobs that REQUIRE degrees are in the public sector, not the private sector. In the private sector it comes down to an employee's profitability and ability to produce revenue for the company. In the government/public sector it comes down to the Educrats running the system and protecting entitlements and an artificial need for a degree in order to be successful.

    If you look at NON-degreed positions in California, you get a very real picture of the problem. A Santa Ana City street sweeper starts at $55,000 per year with NO degree and will top out at more than $80,000 with lifetime medical and costs of living adjustments to his/her pension benefits when they retire at 55 years old. In the private sector, the street sweeper tops out at $50,000 if they belong to a union and about $30,000 without a union.

    How about a municipal landscaper who earns $30,000 compared to a private landscaper who, if they were here legally, earn minimum wage.

    Look at private armed security vs police officers all with the same basic requirements for training and laws of arrest. Private armed security earn around around $50,000 in the metropolitan L.A. while most officers are hitting $100,000. And that doesn't include their outrageously generous benefits.

    Now, with those inequities in mind, I don't blame the unions for this mess. I blame every elected representative from my city council to congress (actually the Feds aren't as bad as most states). Every one who caved to the unreasonable demands that were supported by cooked books and falsified projections should be ran out of office. Many of them already have.

  5. Looks like we both think the same about elected representatives being the ones that allowed this to happen.

    I also have learned from your response that if I get into the street sweeper business, I will join a union.

  6. Yes, but you need to know two important union facts:
    First, if you are a public employee union and your job is an outdoor job by its very nature, then when it rains and you hide inside, you still get paid.
    If you are doing the same job but are a PRIVATE union member and it rains, you stay home with NO pay.
    Public union = money regardless of work product
    Private union = money only if a work product is produced


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