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KOCH BROTHERS HELPED WALKER GET ELECTED

Koch Industries PAC donated a total of $43,000 directly to Scott Walker's campaign. The PAC gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which in turn spent $65,000 on independent expenditures to support Walker. The RGA also spent $3.4 million on TV ads and mailers attacking Walker's opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. [Government Accountability Board, accessed 2/24/11; RGA Press Release, 11/2/2010]


PROVISION IN BUDGET BILL MAY HELP KOCH INDUSTRIES

Buried inside Walker's 144-page budget repair bill are 10 lines that don't directly deal with state workers, unions, or contracts. The Governor's controversial budget bill would allow the state to "sell any state-owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without the solicitation of bids." Critics say no-bids could mean some sweet deals for Koch."


KOCH-FUNDED GROUPS PUSHING WALKER'S ANTI-WORKER EFFORTS

Americans for Prosperity, a Virginia-Based Group Funded by the Koch Brothers, From Kansas, Have Been Behind Walker's "Union Showdown." Among the thousands of demonstrators at the Wisconsin State Capitol was Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity. He told a large group of counterprotesters that the cuts were not only necessary, but they also represented the start of a much-needed nationwide move to slash public-sector union benefits… What Mr. Phillips did not mention was that his Virginia-based nonprofit group, whose budget surged to $40 million in 2010 from $7 million three years ago, was created and financed in part by the secretive billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch. State records also show that Koch Industries was one of the biggest contributors to the election campaign of Gov. Walker. Phillips admitted that even before the new governor was sworn in, executives from the Koch-backed group had worked behind the scenes to try to encourage a union showdown. [New York Times, 2/21/11]


David Koch also is chairman of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative anti-union group coordinating the effort to back the embattled governor. It organized Saturday's pro-Walker rally, funded a $342,200 television campaign and launched a pro-Walker website. [Wisconsin State Journal, 2/23/11]


KOCH INDUSTRIES EXPANDED LOBBYING PRESENCE AFTER WALKER ELECTED

Since 2000, Koch Industries Inc had little to no lobbying presence in Wisconsin (coinciding with Republican Tommy Thompson's departure in 2001). But, two weeks before the 2010 November election, the Koch Companies Public Sector LLC opened a new office one block from the Capitol in Madison. Lobbyists for Koch Companies Public Sector LLC registered with the Wisconsin Ethics Board on January 5th, just two days after Governor Scott Walker's inauguration. In 2011, Koch Companies Public Sector LLC employed seven lobbyists in Wisconsin, three from Hamilton Consulting and three from Foley & Lardner. The three lobbyists from Foley & Lardner have no records of formerly lobbying for Koch Industries. [Wisconsin Ethics Board, Koch Industries Inc Lobbying Records, 2000, 2011; The Capital Times, 2/22/11]


GOVERNOR WALKER HAS ALREADY PUSHED TWO KOCH-SUPPORTED BILLS

In 2011, Koch Companies Public Sector LLC lobbied for a tort reform bill to the limit noneconomic damages, punitive damages and raise standards for qualifying people as experts when they testify. Special Session Assembly Bill 1 was proposed at the request of Governor Walker and signed into law. [Wisconsin Ethics Board, Koch Companies Public Sector LLC Lobbying, 2011; Wisconsin Legislative Record, >AB1, Special Session 2011; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/20/11]


In 2011, Koch Companies Public Sector LLC lobbied on Assembly Bill 8 which requires the governor's approval of proposed rules within state government agencies. It was introduced at the request of the Governor and signed into law. [Wisconsin Ethics Board, Koch Companies Public Sector LLC Lobbying, 2011; Wisconsin Legislative Record, AB8, Special Session 2011]


GOVERNOR WALKER ENDED A PROJECT IN ORDER TO FAVOR NATURAL GAS

In January of 2011, Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch ended a project to convert a power plant to a biofuel burning plant at the request of Governor Scott Walker. Walker's spokesmen commented that Walker wanted the Department of Administration to focus on installing new natural gas boilers rather than biofuel. Koch Industries owns Koch Pipeline, which includes the operation of a natural gas pipeline in Minnesota and Wisconsin. [Wisconsin State Journal, 1/21/11; Koch Pipeline Website, Our Operations]


WALKER STOOD WITH KOCH BEFORE ENTERING GOVERNORS OFFICE

Koch Industries lobbied on Assembly Bill 649/Senate Bill 450, more commonly known as the "Clean Energy Jobs Act," spending over $61,000 against the bill. Then Milwaukee County Executive Walker was firmly against the bill that included greenhouse gas emission reduction, energy conservation goals and renewable portfolio standards for utility providers. [Wisconsin Ethics Board, Koch Industries Inc Lobbying, 2009; Wisconsin Legislative Record, AB649, 2009]


KOCH HAS HAD ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS IN WISCONSIN

In November of 2010, Georgia-Pacific was ordered to pay $7 million to the government as a part of a proposed settlement related to the clean-up of PCBs from the Fox River and Green Bay. [Green Bay Press-Gazette, 11/18/10]


In January 2003, a Koch Industries subsidiary C. Reiss Coal Company was also cited for dust emissions by Wisconsin's DNR. C. Reiss Coal Co waited until the DNR requested they comply with laws against release of particulate matter -- coal dust. Rick Wulk, air management supervisor for the DNR's Northeast Region commented, "I'm very disappointed in the non-proactive approach that Reiss chose to take. They totally ignored it." [Green Bay Press-Gazette, 1/24/03]