Friday, September 13, 2013

Scott Walker would have given up $28 million in federal funds to pay off Koch front group United Sportsmen!

I ran across this informative WSAU interview with state Rep. Katrina Shankland that gets into the details of Scott Walker's incredible funding mistake to United Sportsmen, a group described by reporter Greg Palast as a Koch brothers front group. 
The Koch Operation, Americans for Prosperity, had its Chief set up a front called United Sportsmen of Wisconsin. United Sportsmen of Wisconsin, which appeared and then instantly vanished after the recall vote...
A nice quick listen, audio only:

WSAU’s: Shankland says Governor Walker’s administration willfully moved forward with the grant during the budget knowing the risk to federal wildlife funds. “It appears that the Walker administration failed to do their due diligence and informing all members of the Legislature of this issue, specifically members of the Joint Finance Committee who voted to approve this $500,000 grant without knowing that we would be losing $28 million dollars in funds.” When asked if this issue will come up soon in a committee meeting, Shankland says, “It better.” She added, “I think this isn’t over. As a member of the Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage Committee in the Assembly, I’ll be following this issue very closely, and at the very least, we need an apology.”

Another Legislator upset about this is Republican Senator Rob Cowles from Allouez. Cowles says lawmakers should not be finding out about potentially costly problems with a state budget provision months after the budget was signed, and that this whole situation raises serious questions.

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