Katrina Shankland
Press Release

Governor Walker Commits to Shifting Campaign Costs onto Wisconsin Taxpayers

It was reported that Governor Walker’s political campaign will no longer be paying for his security team’s travel costs for campaign events.

By - Jan 29th, 2016 05:52 pm

MADISON – This afternoon, it was reported that Governor Walker’s political campaign will no longer be paying for his security team’s travel costs for campaign events. Wisconsin taxpayers will be left footing the bill, even when those costs are incurred by Governor Walker leaving the state for campaign rallies.

In response, Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) released the following statement:

“Faced with $1 million in campaign debt, Governor Walker is trying to cut corners in any way he can. In this case, he is unloading his campaign security costs onto the backs of Wisconsin taxpayers.

“Since the governor is publicly announcing that he will bill his campaign security travel costs to taxpayers, it is even more pressing that the legislature take action. I urge my Republican colleagues to call a hearing on the Wisconsin Taxpayer Protection Act to end this abuse of public dollars.”

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2 thoughts on “Governor Walker Commits to Shifting Campaign Costs onto Wisconsin Taxpayers”

  1. Barb- West Bend says:

    By his action, Gov. Walker is adding a tax burden to Wisconsinites.

    We have no control over his campaign travel but we pay for it. How does his campaign travel help Wisconsin?

  2. Bill Sell says:

    This initiative to shift costs to the taxpayer has some interesting implications. Those who are promoting this idea are also promoting running government “like a business.” Well, as a business person I want to make clear that the risks I took, along with family members who helped, were our risks. If the business fails I may get some relief from a bankruptcy, which will likely be adjudicated in a court. With the risks may come the benefits, and may come the failures.

    How does it happen then that the governor of the state – whose “business” (a campaign for the presidency with risks and rewards) were his own idea, were supported by freely given millions of private dollars – now has resorted to begging the nanny state they have so despised, given away its taxes to friends, cut programs to truly needy, and now with no shame display the gall that we taxpayers will now lend a hand to assist him out of his financials mistakes?

    It is well known that he spent campaign donations at a rate far faster than his more frugal competition. How is that my problem and how is that my hard earned money his solution? Here’s a career politician who needs to spend some time “in the fields” to learn basic business truths about investment and risk. His own WEDC, a misguided “business” adventure, was revealing enough – that Wisconsin would bail out businesses who happen to have friends in high places. The move to bail out the governor’s personal stake with tax revenue tells us enough what we need to know of this political scam.

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