National Republican donors, apparatchiks and strategists are coming to the defense of embattled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Shadowy "issue ad" groups that do not disclose their funders as well as heavy hitter political action committees are rushing to the aid of embattled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, whose poll number are dropping like a rock. The list of outside big money attacking Wisconsin state workers and teachers read like a "who's who" of the Republican donor and special interest group apparatus.
The Koch-Funded Group Americans for Prosperity: "Who Decides Wisconsin's Future?"
Americans for Prosperity is chaired by oil billionaire David Koch. It has two arms, the Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that received over $10 million in financial contributions in 2009 (a nearly 50% increase over the preceding year), and Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a 501(c)(4), that received over $16 million in financial contributions that year (a more than 100% increase over the year before). The tax forms for AFPF and AFP for their funding and expenses during last year, a mid-term election year, are not yet available. The groups do not disclose their donors. AFP opposes labor unions, health care reform, stimulus spending, and climate (cap-and-trade) legislation. The group launched a major ad campaign in Wisconsin shortly after news of the prank phone call between Governor Scott Walker and a fake David Koch made national news.
From the Americans for Prosperity website:
The $342,200 ad buy will run on network and cable channels across the state starting tomorrow and continuing through March 1st. It is part of Americans for Prosperity's Stand With Walker initiative, urging citizens to support the Governor's commonsense plan for budget reform."