One issue is that Walker has long claimed the recall effort against him was led by "out-of-state special interests" (despite the governor relying on out-of-state donors for most of his fundraising ). Relying on out-of-state groups and individuals to do the legwork for his campaign may not play well, especially when upwards of 20,000 in-state-residents braved the cold and snow to gather recall signatures in the first place.
Another issue is that "True the Vote" is a 501(c)(3) "charitable" organization prohibited from intervening in political campaigns, and getting officially involved in the Walker campaign might threaten the group's (c)(3) status. In recent months, a number of other 501(c)(3) groups have gotten involved in defending Walker against recall, including the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity Foundation and the Illinois-based Heartland Institute. Last week, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a complaint alleging the Americans for Prosperity Foundation violated its charitable status by running ads supporting Walker's reelection. "True the Vote" and its parent group, the King Street Patriots, have previously been accused of violating their nonprofit status and state election laws (and for their defense attorney they hired James Bopp Jr. , the anti-campaign finance crusader behind the infamous Citizens United case).
Finally, Walker might want to distance himself from "True the Vote" and King Street Patriots based on their alleged history of voter suppression.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Walker using out of state group to challenge recall...
I get dizzy some days keeping track of the hypocrisy in the Governor's mansion. Here's some more of it.
Walker Using Out-of-State Tea Party Group to Indirectly Challenge Recall | Center for Media and Democracy
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