Dirty tricks in Wisconsin Governor recall?
A recall committee formed by one of his own supporters will give Gov. Scott Walker a valuable fundraising head start on his main recall opponents.
David Brandt of Muskego filed a recall petition Friday with the state Government Accountability Board, under the committee name “Close Friends to Recall Walker.” Brandt, along with Bettie Brandt, both listed as living at 17176 W. College Ave., donated a total of $238 to Walker since September 2010.
The unusual move of having a supporter file recall paperwork immediately angered Walker opponents, who suspected it was made to give the governor a chance to begin raising money before organizers begin their actual recall campaign.
The sooner the recall starts, the better it is for Walker. “State law allows individuals to donate no more than $10,000 during regular elections to a gubernatorial candidate,” WSJ reports. “But in the case of a recall election, Wisconsin removes the individual cap on donations to incumbents for a period stretching from the start of the petition drive to the day the state authorizes an election.”
So a Walker donor files the paperwork, triggering the period of unlimited fundraising — and will probably collect zero signatures on a petition. State Democrats had planned on filing on the 15th, but this move gives Walker a head start.
Is it illegal? Probably not. Should it be? Definitely.
“While we certainly understand that thousands of Wisconsinites can’t wait to recall Scott Walker, we find it convenient that, days before Walker goes on a (campaign fundraising trip) to Arizona, Kansas and California, recall papers are filed by a donor to Scott Walker that will allow Walker to bag all the sleazy campaign cash he can get his hands on,” said Mike Tate, Democratic Party of Wisconsin chairman.