Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Scott Walker cheats on campaign finance form -- what else is new?

Scott Walker is in trouble again -- this time for not reporting several in-kind campaign contributions, including the value and donors of basketball tickets used for a campaign event. WKOW-TV in Madison broke the story.

Here's the thing: Withholding information that the law requires to be included on campaign finance reports is nothing new for Walker or for his campaign treasurer, John Hiller.

Yes, Walker got busted by the State Elections Board about a year ago for failing to disclose that budget-related automatic phone calls were paid for by his campaign. Walker's camp was hit with a $5,000 fine for that little escapade. The JS story is here.

His cheating pre-dates that by at least a few years. Back in 2002 and 2003, Walker's campaign broke the law when it failed to identify the occupations of 57 donors who gave more than $100. (Among the mystery donors was Bruce Pfaff, who eventually managed Walker's gubernatorial campaign.)

Walker failed to list the occupations of 18 more $100+ donors in 2004.

Scott Walker simply thinks the rules -- whether they are accounting rules that govern pension fund contributions or legal rules that govern campaign finance reporting -- don't apply to him.

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