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Gov. Scott Walker Political Operation Snagged $250,000 Check Mere Days After Meeting With Accused Russian Spy

‘Sure looks like Scott Walker's Non-Meeting Meant Something to Somebody’

By - Jul 20th, 2018 01:45 pm

Alexander Torshin [l], Scott Walker [m], Maria Butina [r].

Alexander Torshin [l], Scott Walker [m], Maria Butina [r].

MADISON, Wis. — As Gov. Scott Walker desperately tries to downplay his meeting with accused Russian spy Maria Butina at a 2015 VIP reception, a new report discloses his political operation mere days later snagged a $250,000 donation from a billionaire who made a fortune in Russian oil.

According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“Days after Walker’s photo was taken with Butina and Torshin, Our American Revival received $250,000 from Access Industries, a company founded by Ukrainian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik. Blavatnik, who has U.S. and U.K. citizenship, previously was part owner of a Russian oil company … Months after the Our American Revival donation, Access Industries gave $1.5 million to a super PAC supporting Walker’s presidential run.”

One Wisconsin Now Research Director Joanna Beilman-Dulin commented, “The timing of this quarter-million dollar contribution sure looks like Scott Walker’s non-meeting meant something to somebody.”

According to earlier news reports, the accused Russian spy, Maria Butina, used her NRA connections to get access to U.S. politicians, including Walker. Widely circulated photos show Butina pictured meeting with Walker at an Spring 2015 NRA event and attending the invite only kick-off of his presidential campaign in July 2015.

One Wisconsin Now previously noted how the NRA has had a 25-year relationship with Walker, starting with a $250 donation to his 1993 State Assembly campaign and totaling $3.5 million to date on behalf of his political ambitions.

One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

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2 thoughts on “Report Suggests Wisconsin Voters Targeted by Collusion Between Trump Campaign, Russian Fake News Operation”

  1. MKE kid says:

    But, but, but: The pizza restaurant that offered “children” as one of its toppings! And the Mars sex slave colony of abducted children!
    Really, who would use these as talking points? And who the heck would be dim enough to believe them?
    Oh wait…

  2. Thomas says:

    I called from a phone bank on behalf of Hillary and Russ 2 times last fall: once 2 weeks before the November election and once 3 days before that election. The primarily African-American respondents to those calls were luke-warm to warm to H & R 2 weeks before the election; most were stone-cold to Hillary 3 days before the election. Russian interference via fake news on social media may partially explain this difference.

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