Another “dark money scandal” hits, this time for Scott Walker

posted at 6:41 pm on March 24, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

The oppo researchers are out in droves and they’ve got their sights set on the GOP frontrunners as usual. This time the diligent diggers are looking at some hefty donations to Wisconsin Club for Growth by John Menard Jr., a wealthy business owner, which may have worked to the benefit of Governor Scott Walker.

So a little more than three years ago, when Menard wanted to back Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — and help advance his pro-business agenda — he found the perfect way to do so without attracting any attention: He wrote more than $1.5 million in checks to a pro-Walker political advocacy group that pledged to keep its donors secret, three sources directly familiar with the transactions told Yahoo News.

Menard’s previously unreported six-figure contributions to the Wisconsin Club for Growth — a group that spent heavily to defend Walker during a bitter 2012 recall election — seem to have paid off for the businessman and his company. In the past two years, Menard’s company has been awarded up to $1.8 million in special tax credits from a state economic development corporation that Walker chairs, according to state records.

They also cite “benefits” to Menard in the form of regulatory agencies taking less strident actions against his company… along with many other companies. And therein lies the problem with this bit of investigative reporting. Getting a tax credit after making a large donation can be problematic, but only if you can show some sort of special circumstances to at least suggest a direct quid pro quo situation. But if Menard donated to a group helping Walker because he knew that Walker’s policies would include the general support of such tax credits to qualifying private business across the board, this is a dry well. The same can be said for the loosening of regulations and lowered priority of enforcing some of them. Were Menard the only one to benefit, this would be a scandal. But when a general policy is changed, these donations quickly become a non-story.

In order to show some wrongdoing here, you’re going to need considerably more than this. The article goes so far as to admit that they have no knowledge of Walker ever soliciting Menard for donations or of any occasion when the two met to discuss state business. (Or to arrange some sort of dirty deal, as the report would like to lead you to believe.) In fact, when you pull the lens back a little ways, this entire story seems to be a study of a wealthy donor who wanted to get involved in the election and chose to donate his money to groups and candidates who supported the same goals that he had. Gee… there’s a shocker for you.

Exit question: how many Democrats in the United States Congress have accepted money from groups affiliated with Tom Steyer and then went on to cast votes in favor of fighting global warming, pushing wind and solar energy or the host of other green issues Steyer is heavily invested in? If they did so, does that mean that there was corruption afoot or was Steyer just helping “fight the good fight” by supporting like minded candidates? You can’t have it both ways.


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Where are all the oppo researchers going after not only Obama’s “dark money” but his out and out illegal contributions from foreign countries…

Let alone Hillarys which just came to light last week?!

Skywise on March 24, 2015 at 6:43 PM

Quick, I need someone from a “respectable” newspaper such as the washington post or new york times to tell me what’s happening.

acyl72 on March 24, 2015 at 6:46 PM

If they did so, does that mean that there was corruption afoot or was Steyer just helping “fight the good fight” by supporting like minded candidates? You can’t have it both ways.

Yes, you can have it both ways Jazz, if your a progressive.

captnjoe on March 24, 2015 at 6:46 PM

In order to show some wrongdoing here, you’re going to need considerably more than this.

Around here? Pffft! Around here “pro-business” is anti-Conservative and nastiness to begin with.

Marcus on March 24, 2015 at 6:47 PM

I know John Menard Jr.

Well ok I met him once many moons ago.

And you sir are NOT John Menard Jr.

Bishop on March 24, 2015 at 6:47 PM

Please. How much taxpayer money has Obama given to green energy companies in return for campaign contributions? And you wanna talk the ultimate quid pro quo? How about all that foreign money the Clintons have taken? Don’t go down this road, drivebys. It’s a Pandora’s Box you don’t wanna open.

Doughboy on March 24, 2015 at 6:47 PM

So, with Cruz they will find all the big old $1,000 donations, and even more $500.00 ones and wow can you look at that,,, millions of $35.00 ones too.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 24, 2015 at 6:48 PM

Around here? Pffft! Around here “pro-business” is anti-Conservative and nastiness to begin with.

Marcus on March 24, 2015 at 6:47 PM

???

captnjoe on March 24, 2015 at 6:48 PM

???

captnjoe on March 24, 2015 at 6:48 PM

Don’t look inside that door, just back away.

Ixnay on the mnestyaay.

Bishop on March 24, 2015 at 6:51 PM

Jeb has oodles and oodles of scandals that are much worse.

Redstone on March 24, 2015 at 6:51 PM

In order to show some wrongdoing here, you’re going to need considerably more than this.

Alrighty then.

Anybody locate Hillary’s rogue server yet?

forest on March 24, 2015 at 6:52 PM

Well, so what! Scott Walker is still my favorite Republican candidate by far.

Hey, Scott Walker, when are you going to launch your campaign? Hey, when are you going to travel to Colorado?

:-))))

sohumm on March 24, 2015 at 6:52 PM

In order to show some wrongdoing here, you’re going to need considerably more than this.

If this is wrongdoing, then what about Hillary accepting bribes, er “donations” from foreign powers while Secretary of State?

Hillary Clinton is a bought and paid for agent of foreign powers.

rbj on March 24, 2015 at 6:57 PM

Yet the MSM gives Hillary a standing ovation..after a one way planned speech in which she refused to answer any questions…

It’s all a joke now with only Conservatives being challenged when it comes to jmain stream journalism.

I despise what the “free press” has become!

celt on March 24, 2015 at 6:58 PM

Oh thank GOD!!! I thought you were gonna say he deactivated the fraud control for credit cards on his web site or something.

WryTrvllr on March 24, 2015 at 6:58 PM

Hey, Scott Walker, when are you going to launch your campaign? Hey, when are you going to travel to Colorado?

:-))))

sohumm on March 24, 2015 at 6:52 PM

Give him time. He’s already been to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

Steve Z on March 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Ixnay on the mnestyaay.

Bishop on March 24, 2015 at 6:51 PM

ootay unnyfat!!!

Deano1952 on March 24, 2015 at 7:01 PM

Ixnay on the mnestyaay.

Bishop on March 24, 2015 at 6:51 PM

ootay unnyfay!!!

Deano1952 on March 24, 2015 at 7:02 PM

You can’t have it both ways.

YES WE CAN!
– lefties/proggies

Marcola on March 24, 2015 at 7:02 PM

Ixnay on the mnestyaay.

Bishop on March 24, 2015 at 6:51 PM

Ahankstnay orfay hetay arningwany.

:)

captnjoe on March 24, 2015 at 7:02 PM

Scott Walker to Tour Texas-Mexico Border

Just in case Scott, someone already did the soccer balls and teddy bears bit.

TheMadHessian on March 24, 2015 at 7:03 PM

I don’t know about this Menard story or whether he specifically benefitted as a result of the contributions, but more problematic for me and many others is Walker’s lack of trustworthiness on illegal alien amnesty and other core issues. I agree with Michelle Malkin, who has been sounding the alarm about the need to vet Walker.

EXCLUSIVE — MICHELLE MALKIN: SCOTT WALKER DESERVES TO BE VETTED, ‘PROBLEMS’ MUCH BIGGER THAN OUSTED PRO-AMNESTY AIDE

Nationally syndicated conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, founder of the website Twitchy, tells Breitbart News that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker—a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate—needs to be vetted. She also says Walker’s “problems” run much deeper than the decision to hire—then quickly let go of—pro-amnesty communications aide Liz Mair, who had taken shots at Iowa.

“Scott Walker has much bigger problems than the ill-considered hiring and firing of one D.C. operative,” Malkin said in an email.

What does he really stand for and is he fully equipped to bear the slings and arrows of his enemies on a national and global scale? Yes, he fought Big Labor and has managed his state well. But grass-roots activists in his state have long been warning me of his ideological gymnastics on core issues: immigration and education.

He has been on the same side as the progressive Left and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Right: pro-amnesty, pro-massive legal immigration expansionist, and pro-Common Core. He’s been left, right, center, and all over the map.

She added that Washington-based GOP establishment forces are good at backing up establishment politicians, as they seemed to have tried to do to defend Walker and Mair.

Read it all: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/03/18/exclusive-michelle-malkin-scott-walker-deserves-to-be-vetted-problems-much-bigger-than-ousted-pro-amnesty-aide/

bluegill on March 24, 2015 at 7:04 PM

Does anyone remember when obama and his team during the first election “Forgot” to turn the foreign money filter on for credit cards? They finally caught it about a week before the election leaving them with NO, ZERO, NADA idea of how much foreign money they received which is against all election laws. How many of hillary’s “Fundraisers” have gone to jail? Oh that doesn’t count since they went to jail. Get used to the left dragging out horrible stories against the GOP front runners only to be disproved a month later. I personally do not know of one single person who even considers who and how much money their candidate has received from any source, legal or not. BTW I no longer capitalize any Demorat’s name.

inspectorudy on March 24, 2015 at 7:07 PM

Liberal corruption is OK as long as it’s for the good of the people.

While just about anything conservatives do is corruption.

Once you accept that, we’ll all get along just fine.

Oxymoron on March 24, 2015 at 7:08 PM

Scott Walker to Tour Texas-Mexico Border

Just in case Scott, someone already did the soccer balls and teddy bears bit.
TheMadHessian on March 24, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Let’s not forget Chamber of Commerce ally Scott Walker’s own words on border security:

Oh, and don’t forget this, Walker’s own words: “You hear some people talk about border security and a wall and all that. I don’t know that you need any of that if you had a better, saner way to let people into the country in the first place. If people want to come here and work hard … I want them here.”
anotherJoe on March 24, 2015 at 1:51 AM

bluegill on March 24, 2015 at 7:08 PM

I just don’t give a f*ck anymore. Wake me up when we have an MSNBC approved candidate to lose the election.

RovesChins on March 24, 2015 at 7:10 PM

If fatty kkklinton and mooch munched only on these nothingburgers they’d be pretty slim. Still fugly as hell, but slim.

Andy__B on March 24, 2015 at 7:10 PM

Thank u so much Bluegill for chiming in with the SAME exact thing in every single Walker thread.

Jack_Burton on March 24, 2015 at 7:14 PM

Where is the “eyeroll” smiley face?

Count to 10 on March 24, 2015 at 7:17 PM

Let the circular firing squads begin. They seem to be alive and well here. Who, what when and where in the political blogosphere? The more I read and experience the ideological sphere all around, the more I want to go back to the simpler age of party lines. Oh wait, the blogosphere is….

vnvet on March 24, 2015 at 7:31 PM

up to $1.8 million in special tax credits

are you kidding?

Menards has a gross sales of 5.5B…and that was 10 years ago.

I mean, how much did barry spend on Solyndra..all of which propped up the failing firm.

the hard left are totally amoral.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Menard,_Jr.#Menards

r keller on March 24, 2015 at 7:34 PM

Republicans bad. Democrats good. Move along please.

MT on March 24, 2015 at 7:40 PM

◔_◔ *eye rolling*

Dolce Far Niente on March 24, 2015 at 7:40 PM

“You can’t have it both ways.”

Oh Yes. We. Can.

Mike from NC on March 24, 2015 at 7:41 PM

dark money

Racist.

CJ on March 24, 2015 at 7:46 PM

“You can’t have it both ways.”

You can’t be serious …

Ethics rules, etc. only exist to keep evil Republicans / Conservatives in line.

Democrats are exempt because they stand for sweetness, light, and good.

BD57 on March 24, 2015 at 8:01 PM

These Pri(ks are already doing ‘diligent’ research on any potential GOP candidate…

Let’s not even pretend otherwise….Pri(ks..

BigWyo on March 24, 2015 at 8:07 PM

This is much ado about nothing, unlike the Clinton Foundation that the state run media mostly ignores.

cat_owner on March 24, 2015 at 8:25 PM

I see everyone else has picked the “In order to show some wrongdoing here, you’re going to need considerably more than this.” line out.

Sadly, campaigns are won and lost on innuendo, courtesy the LIV.
Guess which party is on the wrong end of that, every single time?
Ink by the barrel, all that.

Tard on March 24, 2015 at 8:36 PM

Whenever comic book vernacular is used by mature adults, I lose interest immediately.

Star Bird on March 24, 2015 at 9:04 PM

and Mitt cut some boy’s hair…let a dog surf on his roof top…blah, blah, MSM just upset cause they have to now work and go dig up dog poop rather than living off the sofa during non-Pres election years….

hillsoftx on March 24, 2015 at 9:10 PM

and HIllary still walks free.

The media can go f itself.

AprilApple on March 24, 2015 at 10:07 PM

Walker is backed by the Koch Brothers and the Chamber of Commerce. What do they have in common? Two things…their hatred of unions and their love of amnesty. You can try to sugar coat it, flip flop around it and even feign ignorance BUT it is what it is. Walker is for amnesty. He is also a little too cozy with big business entities for my tastes. But hey, that is just me. Please stop telling me that he is a conservative when he is no different than Jeb on most issues, though. If you think he is different on issues, please give me examples.

fight like a girl on March 24, 2015 at 10:30 PM

Here’s another one the Collective will be hyperventilating over:

https://www.yahoo.com/politics/wisconsin-gov-scott-walker-photo-charlie-114429739886.html

Star Bird on March 24, 2015 at 10:48 PM

If Hillary gets a pass on all of her various corruptions, so should Walker. What difference at this point does it make?

Armyspouse on March 24, 2015 at 10:49 PM

I know John Menard Jr.

Well ok I met him once many moons ago.

And you sir are NOT John Menard Jr.

Bishop on March 24, 2015 at 6:47 PM

Well I’ve seen his kid race a car on TV, so clearly I know everything about this matter.

Well I didn’t actually watch his kid race a car. I don’t have a TV and Nascar is for flyover bumpkins, but I did Google the name on my iPhone.

Apparently Paul Menard won at a brick yard. See if any big bricklaying contractors have donating to Walker.

/every MSM hack ever

Gingotts on March 25, 2015 at 1:34 AM