Documents: Walker sought corporate donations in 2012 recall


September 14, 2016 9:15PM (UTC)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Documents from a secret investigation into whether Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign illegally coordinated with outside groups show Walker and his fundraisers approached a host of corporate leaders about donating money to the conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth.

The Guardian obtained leaked documents (http://bit.ly/2cqWE6r ) and reported Wednesday that Walker and his fundraisers approached hedge-fund billionaire Stephen Cohen, Home Depot co-founder Ken Lagone and Harold Simmons, the now-deceased owner of NL Industries, which produced lead used in paint.

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Their donations went to Club for Growth, which supported Walker during his 2012 recall campaign. The U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling allows unlimited political spending by corporations.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court halted the secret investigation in 2015, saying coordination between candidates and groups on issue advocacy is legal.


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