Over $1 Million in Debt, Walker Continues to Delay Repaying Taxpayers
“Before the governor pays another penny to a campaign consultant or vendor, Wisconsin taxpayers should be reimbursed immediately.”
MADISON – Last week, it was reported that Governor Walker is actively soliciting donations from supporters to pay off his estimated $1 million presidential campaign debt. During his 71-day presidential run, Walker spent $6.4 million, including nearly $10,000 to his own family members.
Despite promising to promptly reimburse taxpayers for his campaign expenses, records show that Walker accrued this staggering debt without repaying over $67,000 in travel and security expenses owed to the State of Wisconsin. In response, Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) released the following statement:
“It has been over a month since Walker ended his failed presidential run, but Wisconsin taxpayers are still on the hook for $67,000 of his campaign costs. With Walker’s campaign over a million dollars in debt, what assurances do the people of Wisconsin have that they will ever see this money again?
“Before the governor pays another penny to a campaign consultant or vendor, Wisconsin taxpayers should be reimbursed immediately. The governor owes taxpayers an explanation. When does he plan on repaying this generous loan, and why did he take it in the first place?
“It is outrageous that Walker was able to funnel himself this taxpayer assistance to begin with. If my Republican colleagues truly care about being good stewards of our public dollars, then they will move my legislation forward to end this taxpayer-funded welfare to political campaigns.”
Press Releases by Katrina Shankland
“So-called 'Right to Work' has not worked for Wisconsin’s working families, and today is a victory for everyone who works hard and deserves the chance to get ahead.”
"The governor forgot to tell you that funding levels for need-based higher education grants remained frozen at 2011 levels in his 2015-17 executive budget."
“True to their actions all session, Republicans ended the year by selling another piece of Wisconsin to the highest bidder.”
“While the governor seems to have a refined ability to casually brush off scandal after scandal associated with his administration, the mismanagement within our correctional system needs to be addressed immediately.”