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Airport For GOP Donor’s Resort Gets State Aid

He gives $61,000 to Republicans, they budget $4 million for airport near his golf resort.

By - Sep 12th, 2017 02:16 pm
Foxconn Jet. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Private jet at General Mitchell International Airport. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

A small Wisconsin Rapids airport may get $4 million in state aid for improvements to accommodate increased private jet traffic at a nearby high-end golf resort built by a Republican campaign contributor, as Scott Bauer of the Associated Press reported in a blockbuster story on Friday.

The funding for Alexander Field was approved last week during consideration of the proposed 2017-19 state budget by the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. The airport is near the Sand Valley Golf Resort, which was built by Chicago businessman Michael Keiser.

Keiser contributed $11,100 to Walker between February 2012 and September 2014, and $50,000 to the state Republican Party between October 2014 and last February.

Walker’s original budget proposal, which did not include funding for the airport, was released about three weeks before Keiser donated $25,000 to the state party in February, Bauer reported. The GOP-controlled legislature plans to approve its version of the proposed state budget this month and send it back to Walker for final approval.

Keiser, who made a fortune in the greeting card industry, has built world-class golf courses in Oregon, Michigan, Florida, Nova Scotia and Australia.

GOP Rep. Scott Krug, of Nekoosa, whose district includes the golf course, said the state transportation department had planned to pay for upgrades to the airport, which is owned by the city of Wisconsin Rapids, in 2021. Krug received a $1,000 campaign contribution from Keiser last September.

Keiser is a huge donor to state and federal Republican candidates and political committees. He donated $100,000 to GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s super PAC in 2015. And he has contributed more than $800,000 to the Republican National Committee and other national GOP fundraising committees over the last three decades.

Categories: Politics, Real Estate

6 thoughts on “Campaign Cash: Airport For GOP Donor’s Resort Gets State Aid”

  1. John says:

    Everything in Wisconsin is up for sale to Republican Donors. Everything except roads, Health Care, VA Hospitals, Environmental Concerns, Clean Water, Fair Voting Rights, Equal Rights and Pay for Women and Minorities and Tax Breaks for anyone but the 1%. So many in the state think Scotty and the Legislature are doing good. I just cannot fathom how the Conservative Propaganda is accepted and actual facts are dismissed as “fake.” I guess ignorance is bliss.

  2. Karen says:

    Pigs at the trough.

  3. Paul Trotter says:

    Do the citizens in this area care? Probably not.

  4. Vincent Hanna says:

    Should they? Probably. And in the event they are indifferent, does that make it OK?

  5. Paul Trotter says:

    Vince – it is something I struggle to understand. Is it a matter of not being informed? And would they be indifferent if they understood this kick back scheme. It would be interesting to go into one of the coffee shops in that area and start up a conversation on this. I suspect there are greater priorities for $ 4 million in that area.

  6. Miguel says:

    Once again: Wisconsin, The Best Government Money Can Buy. And to quote a world-class moron, “SAD”

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