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February 1, 2012

On Wisconsin!, No “In” Wisconsin!

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 8:48 am
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Recently some citizens of the State of Wisconsin were submitting a truly astounding number of petitions (over 1 million!) to recall the governor of that state, while at the same time said governor was in the State of New York raising funds for his recall campaign. The Governor rationalized his out-of-state effort by saying it was needed to offset the flood of union money that has been flowing into the state. “Would be” should have been used instead of “has been” because as yet there is no such flood of union money. In fact, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has raised way more money than his opponents have. The question here is: where is the dividing line for “political money as free speech” which is legal and “political money as influence peddling” which is illegal? Clearly I think that an argument can be made that, in this case, that line is the state lines of the State of Wisconsin.

Where is the dividing line for “political money as free speech” which is legal and “political money as influence peddling” which is illegal?

Inside the state lines of the State of Wisconsin live people who will be affected by decisions made by the Governor. They are recognized as such by being given the right to vote in his election or recall. Outside of the state lines of the State of Wisconsin live people who will not be affected by decisions of the Governor and are not allowed to vote in his election. So, why would someone living in Illinois or Texas have more say in that election than do the people of Wisconsin. Apparently $5 million of Governor Walker’s “campaign funds” were raised out of state (so far). This is in addition to millions he has accepted from out of state donors (Koch Brothers, etc.) prior to this point. Why should that money have more to say about the election’s outcome than donations from individuals in the state? Why should such outsiders have any say at all in an affair that is none of their business . . . unless they are buying certain “favors.”

Why should such outsiders have any say at all in an affair that is none of their business . . . unless they are buying certain “favors.”

Unions and Texas oil men should be barred from donating funds to such a campaign unless those funds were raised inside the State of Wisconsin. Otherwise we don’t have “free speech,” we have speech and political offices for sale to the highest bidder. We need to draw the line for them if they can’t for themselves.

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