This story is so outrageous, that it’s actually breath taking in its deceit. But it is revealing. If Republicans get their way, and trust these corporate scoundrels by getting government out of the way, than we're in real trouble. The public, angry conservative voters, deserves everything it willfully supported. Hallelujah, thank you Scott Walker.
Bill Lueders/Cap Times: Spectrum Brands began its successful quest for a $4 million award from the state without revealing its identity or that it was already based in Wisconsin, public records show. Initial overtures were made by Harry J. Joseph, an Atlanta-based real estate consultant. Joseph did not disclose which company he represented when he asked the state in January 2011 "what incentives might be available to our client should they decide to consolidate in Wisconsin."
As reported here before, Spectrum Brands used the “unrest” state wide as a threat to leave, unless they get a monetary payout. You could also view this as corporate power dictating how government should deal with public unrest. I think they call the creeping fascism.
Emails obtained through an open records request by WTDY Radio in Madison and shared with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism show that Joseph suggested that the backlash over Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill made his unidentified client reluctant to pick Madison — where it was, in fact, already located.
"I am concerned (that) the recent protests and 'unrest' occurring in Madison and splashed all over the national news could have a detrimental impact on my client's interest in choosing Madison as its office consolidation location," Joseph wrote in a Feb. 21 email. "You may recall we were evaluating Des Moines, western suburbs of Chicago, and Milwaukee as our other alternatives."
Joseph, the president of Galaxy Partners Inc., asked how state officials could help "incent my client to look past this apparent community discord." Last week, Spectrum announced plans to close its Madison headquarters and relocate to a new facility in nearby Middleton.