Scott Walker, Home Depot, Donnie Trump and the Supreme Court

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Courtesy of Jim Hightower

In a mind-boggling trick, some magicians levitate themselves. But remember, the key word in “magic trick” — is trick.

Scott Walker, for example, is quite the political trickster. This right-wing extremist became so unpopular in his first term as Wisconsin’s governor that he faced a recall election in 2012. Yet, he seemed to rise in front of our very eyes, magically lifting himself above the public’s anger to avoid defeat. How’d he do that?

As reported by The Guardian, some 1,500 secret emails, court testimonies and financial records were recently uncovered, revealing that Walker had a hidden lifeline of corporate cash hoisting him up. Despite a Wisconsin law specifically prohibiting corporations from funding political candidates, millions of those banned dollars were pumped into the guv.
The trick is that the corporate checks were sent to supposedly independent political outfits that — thanks to the Supreme Court’s ridiculous Citizens United decree — are allowed to take unlimited campaign funds from corporations without disclosing the names of the donors — provided that the independent groups do not in any way coordinate their electoral efforts with the campaign of the candidates they want to elect.

Even if obeyed, this farcical rule essentially sanctions organized corporate corruption, but Walker & Company didn’t even try to obey it. Rather the governor asked everyone from the Koch brothers to Home Depot to Donnie Trump to funnel checks to the “independent” political groups backing him. He wrote personal thank you notes to the donors, and even had his media strategist handle the ads for both his campaign and the groups. Scott Walker, his front groups, and his corporate donors aren’t a magic act — they’re debouched thieves, stealing our democracy to impose their plutocracy over us.

This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly.

  • ernie_oertle

    Wisconsin. Unioner troglodyte wackjobs. Liberal reactionaries back there in `sconsin. Occupeer & leftwad outside-agitators. But by-golly!, they are all middle-of-the-road >>moderates<< of-course, & ScottWalker(depicted as Hitler) & his associates, are the fringe-friggers.

    • Taking full advantage of legal pot, I see.

      • ernie_oertle

        me – Shoes For Industry!, campadre.
        trollwind – Hey, you guys holding?
        me – Oh gosh no, the means of production are held by ALL the people.
        trollwind – No mann, you got any uppers?
        me – No, there are no classes in our society.
        trollwind – You got any pot?
        me – No, but soon Heavy Industry will make it possible for ALL the people to have everything it desires in a Fee Market.

  • ernie_oertle

    Lo & behold, the perfect – that is to say, the piggrezzive – Demoncrat platform. It
    sort-of puts >>CamradesUnited<< on record for such bolshevist national needs =
    — A rhetorical & BS scheme to continue hoodwinking thePeople about “government-**jobs**”, that under-employs via part-time, that massively over-regulates businesses that is the driving-force of off-shoring, & that overwhelms the pool-of-workers WITH illegal-aliens – in a bogus jobs-initiative of make-work so-as to further gubmit-dependency & leftwinger-graft resulting in the continued disappearance of funds
    supposedly aimed at infrastructure. That won’t drive the costs of everything else up.