One Wisconsin Now Press Release

October 25, 2010
Contact: Mike Browne
Phone: (608) 444-3483

Walker Goes Over $500,000 in Improperly-Reported Contributions

Madison - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has violated the state of Wisconsin's campaign finance laws 1,115 times since 2009 by failing to disclose information about contributors who donated more than $100. Walker's serial offenses include 456 contributions filed in the last 72 hours totaling nearly $284,000.

The total contributions in violation of Wisconsin statute 11.60(1) total $518,096. One Wisconsin Now previously filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board in September when Walker's improperly-reported contribution tally was $235,000 half of what it has risen to in the last several days.

"Scott Walker has improperly reported well over $500,000 in contributions from inside and outside of Wisconsin," said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. "Scott Walker has absolutely no interest in following the campaign finance rules of the state of Wisconsin and we again call for state regulators to address his serial violation of our laws."

Fall Pre-Election 2010: 428 contributions in excess of $100 without the required information totaling $245,276.10
Report of Late Contributions 28 contributions in excess of $100 without the required information totaling $37,900
Pre-primary 2010 Report: 214 contributions in excess of $100 without the required information totaling $79,464.68
July 2010 Report: 204 contributions in excess of $100 without the required information totaling $68,575.38
Jan 2010 Report: 35 contributions in excess of $100 without the required information totaling $10,710
July 2009 Report: 206 contributions in excess of $100 without the required information totaling $76,170

[Walker for Governor, Campaign Finance Reports]

The reporting statutes were enacted to give the public a full and timely picture of who is contributing to political candidates and the interests they may be representing. Lawmakers felt this was particularly important in the days preceding a general or primary election. According to the statutes, each violation of the reporting laws can result in a fine of up to $500, which in Walker's case could top nearly $557,500. One Wisconsin Now reviewed Walker's last six campaign finance reports and documented the following violations by Walker.

A copy of One Wisconsin Now's previous complaint is available at: http://www.onewisconsinnow.org/files/OWN%20GAB%20Complaint%20--%20Walker.pdf

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