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Kimberly-Clark Donated to Walker, Legislators

Paper industry gave $225,000. Walker wants state handout to Kimberly Clark.

By - Feb 7th, 2018 11:51 am
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American Cash by Psychonaught. Photo of money

American Cash by Psychonaught. Photo of money

Republican Gov. Scott Walker says he wants to increase the amount of state handouts to Kimberly-Clark Corp. after the papermaker announced it would cut 600 Wisconsin jobs.

Meanwhile, legislative Democrats want to provide $60 million in state aid for Wisconsin papermakers to upgrade their mills.

The dueling aid pitches came Monday after Kimberly-Clark said it would eliminate as many as 5,000 jobs company wide, including about 600 jobs at its plants in Neenah and Fox Crossing.

Walker said he wants to give the paper company the same level of tax credits per job as a deal passed last year to lure Foxconn to Wisconsin.

Part of the Foxconn legislation approved by the GOP-controlled legislature and Walker requires the state to cover 17 percent of Foxconn employee salaries that are between $30,000 and $100,000 a year. That’s what Walker wants to do for Kimberly-Clark. Currently, other companies that get tax credits for job retention are limited to 7 percent of company salaries between $30,000 and $100,000 a year.

Kimberly-Clark executives and other employees contributed a total $14,645 to legislative and statewide candidates between January 2010 and June 2017, including $5,340 to Walker. Nearly $2 of every $3 in campaign contributions from the company went to Republicans – about $9,200 versus about $5,450.

Overall, the paper industry contributed about $225,800 to legislative and statewide candidates between January 2010 and June 2017, including about $81,500 to Walker. Current legislators received about $59,350 from the industry, including $54,200 to Republican lawmakers and nearly $5,200 to Democratic legislators.

Foxconn, a Taiwanese high-tech company, could receive up to $3 billion in state tax credits to open a $10 billion manufacturing plant in Racine County that could create up to 13,000 jobs.

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2 thoughts on “Campaign Cash: Kimberly-Clark Donated to Walker, Legislators”

  1. Terry says:

    Greasy! Career Politician Scott Walker’s Wississippi is sooo greasy! You gotta pay to play in Wississippi! Career Politician Scott Walker is bought and paid for y’all. Career Politician Scott Walker has been mooching off the Big Government dole for over 25 years now! Career Politician Scott Walker got drunk on power and drove the state into the ditch. He couldn’t figure out how to get out so he just sold the state off to the highest bidder. Enjoy your taxes going through the roof for corporate welfare for a foreign company Wisconsin! But hey, you got $7.50 cent jobs with no benefits. Smart!
    And now this charlatan wants to be “Governor for Life?”
    It’s time to tell Walker and all his big money out of state corporate donors to take a hike!

    Dump Walker 2018!

  2. daniel golden says:

    Kimberly Clark had a net profit of 2.28 billion in 2017, up from 2.17 billion the previous year of 2016. The radical capitalists who control our state and national government have concluded that the welfare of the many must be sacrificed for the profits of the few. Why stop at just Foxconn and Kimberly Clark? Why not give tax credits to all the corporations that give even the slightest indication they are going to close plants, leave Wisconsin, or quit giving large donations to the Republican’s who historically reward their donors quite well. In the Orwellian world of the modern Republican Party, billions for corporate welfare is good policy, and millions for the poor and disabled is encouraging failure.

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