And in his five years in office, Walker’s appointees have sharply scaled back enforcement actions by the state Department of Natural Resources — a top Menard priority.
The agency had repeatedly clashed with Menard and his company under previous governors over citations for violating state environmental laws and had levied a $1.7 million fine against Menard personally, as well as his company, for illegally dumping hazardous wastes.
“This, in a nutshell, is what’s wrong with the dark-money world we live in,” said Bill Allison, senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based based nonprofit group that tracks the influence of money in politics.
“Here’s somebody who obviously has issues before the state, and he’s able to make a backdoor contribution that nobody ever sees. My sense is [political] insiders know about these contributions. It’s only the public that has no idea.”
When he later learned about the secret donations by Gogebic Taconite and other contributors to the Wisconsin Club for Growth, Schultz said in an interview,
“I was heart-broken. I was crushed. All of a sudden, I saw something that had never happened before in Wisconsin. You had to go back to when the railroad barons bought the entire legislature during the Gilded Age.”
Meanwhile, the Republican Legislature wants to make investigations like these into Walker’s campaign, illegal. Which means corruption becomes impossible to dig out and remove.
Dang, it goes all the way to the core. Has Wisconsin turned into Illinois?
Yet when we protest, we’re called “libtards.” It’s absolutely ridiculous–a public shaming of those who object to the corruption.
Basically, a sociopathic-style smear campaign to silence the ones who try to root out dark money in politics, and return to rule by the people–
NOT RULE BY BIG MONEY.