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MADISON — The state’s wealthiest person secretly gave more than $1.5 million to a conservative group at the center of a stalled John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign, according to a report published Tuesday.

The amount — reported by a Yahoo News story that cites three anonymous sources familiar with the transactions — represents an even larger contribution to Wisconsin Club for Growth than a previously disclosed $700,000 from Gogebic Taconite. That company helped rewrite the state’s mining regulations as it sought to open an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.

John Doe investigators wrote of the Gogebic donation in a court filing that “because Wisconsin Club for Growth’s fundraising and expenditures were being coordinated with Scott Walker’s agents at the time of Gogebic’s donation, there is certainly an appearance of corruption in light of the resulting legislation from which it benefited.”

The filing did not mention the contribution from Menard, whose net worth is estimated at $7.7 billion.

The John Doe investigation, the fate of which is now in the hands of the state Supreme Court, is probing whether Walker’s recall campaign illegally coordinated with Wisconsin Club for Growth to raise millions of dollars that it then distributed to other groups that sought to influence public opinion.

The club has fought back against the investigation in state and federal court, saying it has not done anything illegal. Walker has also denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged.

According to the Yahoo News story, “the contributions by Menard, made in 2011 and 2012, were uncovered among hundreds of emails and internal documents seized by state prosecutors in the course of a wide-ranging criminal investigation into whether Walker’s campaign committee violated state campaign finance laws.”

The story, written by Michael Isikoff, does not include or quote from any emails that mention Menard or his reported donations to Wisconsin Club for Growth.

The story notes that Menard’s home improvement company has been awarded $1.8 million in tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and speculates that the company may have benefited from an overall reduction in environmental enforcement actions by the Department of Natural Resources.

But Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick pushed back against the notion that those represent a quid pro quo benefit for the company in exchange for the contribution.

“Governor Walker was not involved in either contract with Menard, Inc.,” she said in an email. “These were handled between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Menard exclusively.”

Walker is chairman of WEDC, a public-private entity he created during his first term. The board he leads doesn’t review awards unless they total $10 million or more.

A spokesperson for WEDC did not immediately return a message seeking information about what role Walker had, if any, in the awarding of tax credits to Menard.

But Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now dismissed the contention that Walker, as board chairman of WEDC, was not involved in the transactions.

“Is Walker going to get away with telling people that he has nothing to do with the allocation of WEDC dollars?” asked Ross, executive director of the left-leaning advocacy group.

Patrick said the tax credit awards of $1.5 million in October and $300,000 in July 2013 were contingent on job creation targets. So far the company has received $164,500 from those awards. The company also received a $1.5 million award in 2006 from Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle’s Department of Commerce, of which it only qualified for $1 million.

Patrick also said Walker’s DNR has issued one citation against Menard, the same number issued under Doyle.

“Governor Walker believes it’s possible to protect our clean air, clean land, and clean water while enacting policies that improve our business climate and spur economic growth,” Patrick said. “We are proud that the number of referrals has gone down.”

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Matt Rothschild cited the Yahoo News story as an example of the “potential of a corrupting influence” during testimony Tuesday before a joint informational hearing of the state’s Assembly and Senate elections committees about potential revisions to the state’s campaign finance laws.

“The tsunami of outside money is leaving a stain on our government,” Rothschild said.

“The tsunami of outside money is leaving a stain on our government.” Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign executive director

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oldhomey

I would like to point out the comment made below by new2, who brags about a long, brilliant career representing management in negotiations with unions. This comment is his response to Mello, who asked new2 if he had ever attended a union meeting. New2 replies: "You do not have to attend a Klan meeting to know how they operate and what they support." So keep that in mind in any future posting from new2 about how he views working people and unions and their place in American society. He thinks unions are the equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan. What a classy guy. What a thinker. I have a couple of sisters who are grade school teachers, now sweet old ladies. new2 and Walker consider them to be union goons and sluggers. Let's see how that line of thinking will work out for them politically in the long run.

AirForce Retired

If he had a career in negotiations with unions as you post, and did not go to any meetings that sure sounds like a double liar to me. Lets face facts, It's probably Nestor.

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

Can someone please tell me what laws were broken? Just what did Mr. Menard do that was ILLEGAL?

The bottom line is that liberals do not want any form of funding to ANY conservative groups or causes. If Mr. Menard donated to a liberal leaning group would we even be having this discussion?

It was HIS money. He spent it how he wanted to spend it. Again what was ILLEGAL about what he did? Please enlighten me.

oldhomey

Please, Snow, go back to your scripted postings. Your posting here confirms that you simply are too dense to follow the conversation.

capedcrusader

Figures a troll like you would be here defending Menard like you do Walker.

UW-Nowhere

What a clear and disgusting example of pay to play politics. And yes it happened with Doyle and no it wasn't right then...it's not right now either. Menard is a known sleaze and Walker's little more than an opportunist with presidential ambitions, but this is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue. It IS an issue with our political system. Yuck!

takka

Citizen's United needs to get overturned. Wisconsin is bought and paid for!! Wake up Wisconsin.

jharrimjr

It's clear to me, that after reading all the Webumbledyouagain Party supporters on here, that Dictator Wanker and Menard and the Thuglican Legislators could scr#w the pooch and they would find no ethical nor moral problem with it. Their reasoning would go: how do we know the pooch didn't want it; Dems do it too; it's his pooch, so he can do with it as he will; it only LOOKS shady, you libs may not be seeing it correctly, etc.

tower

Everyone gets to see the childish manner those on the right like to point out, "well they do it too!",like that really matters. These are the same people who hated the Feingold-McCain law on campaign finance. I would be very happy to limit ALL moneys in elections and make all donations public. I find funny that new2 bemoans the foreign money as dirty favor buying but thinks similar money from the rich to the GOOPers is as white as new driven snow.

new2Lax

Stephen Breyer, appointed by Bill Clinton or Obama. Doesn't look like a right wing to me. Would it be a left wing partisan group if there was another left leaning member on board in the place of Roberts. Well there you have it, it is either one way or the other because there is nine members. You just prefer it the other way.

tower

Clinton, are you really awake?

new2Lax

The Supreme Court a partisan right wing organization. The court is made up of nine members four of which are left leaning, Ruth Baber Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan,

jharrimjr

new2Goebelsizing, and the Remaining five court members are bought and paid for Connedservatives serving their Webummedyouagain Party masters.

superman

Just ask Menard's employee's about Good Government Day, and ask how much they were asked to give.

olderthandirt

Yes, it is much better for Democrats to get money from a pedophile like Jeffery Epstein, than Mr. Menard. Sex with 12 year olds I am sure does not affect the mans ability to be in politics. Wasn't that the Democrats response to Monica Lewinsky? How can a woman bring herself to vote for Hillary Clinton. She is supporting everything that is wrong with feminism.

tower

Knowing John, I think sleazy is sleazy, no matter the reason. Ask about the time he trucked hazardous material to the local dump.

ex-wisconsinite and proud of it

I was living in Eau Claire at the time it happened. He took residue from a business property (the hazardous remains of burning waste) to his home residence and had it hauled away by a garbage truck to be put in a landfill site.

oldhomey

Wow, such penetrating political analysis you bring to the table here, older. Shall we now engage in a contest of who can summon up more dirty linen from our opponent's parties, like that is germane to the issues at hand? And what is that in your hand as you read the Internet, Older? Shame on you!

fish37

Who did Walker have picture taken with , when touting jobs ? a convicted WHAT.

superman

I have been a critic of WEDC from the start. How can anyone who calls themselves a "Conservative" head a "Private" entity handing out "Paybacks" using tax payer money.

Every who is involved with WEDC should be prosecuted for stealing from their neighbors.

They're all crooks.

patssy70

Home Depot in Wisconsin? Yes there is but you won't see a Home Depot or Lowes in Eau Claire the reason being an attempt by Home Depot to establish a store there was denied because John Menard threatened the city that if they allowed it, He, John Menard would close down his wood treatment plant and put all employees out of work. He doesn't want the competition in Eau Claire and the city caved. Money= Powerful.

superman

Hey that's just the golden rule. Have the gold, make the rules.

It has no place in politics, but when it comes to business, it's eat or be eaten.

capedcrusader

The same thing happened in Lacrosse when PickNSave tried to come in. Who do you think kept them out?

jharrimjr

The Party of the 1%: it's all about me, Me, ME! Thuglicans are soooo sleazy when it comes to wrangling around ethics. Yuk.

CJ

Come on Jhar can you ever use facts or does the name calling come from all those rough days on the playground for you :(

oldhomey

Right on, CJ. We have seen ample proof of how you are a font and a model of copious factuality.

CJ

What's up Homey :) Unlike you and Jhar I know who to place the blame on for where I am at in my life, myself the person I see in the mirror, not some Rep , Dem or evil business owner or those bad people down on Wall Street. Suck it up buttercup and face the facts of life for where you are instead of always trying to place blame.......

superman

CJ - At what point did Homey say he was unhappy with himself.

I probably disagree with 90%, and my life is awesome. Who's to say "oldhomey's" isn't either?

And it gets even better when business during the downtimes, when I can log in, and play around the mice... :)

jharrimjr

BJ, seriously? I put facts out there a lot (along with my pet names/nicknames for your kind). The FACTS ARE that Wanker has skirted MANY ethical/legal situations, even as County Exec. The problem with YOUR kind is that if the FACTS don't suit you, you ignore them. Circumstantial evidence is allowable in a court of law, and it is allowable in the court of public opinion. If it looks like a conflict/collusion, smells like a conflict/collusion, it probably IS a conflict/collusion.

Daryl Rose

Yes, and the other 99% is all about me, Me, ME, ME!!

tower

Two things, new2 seems to think Menard has the right to give money how he sees fit. And he does. But when it comes to Soros or the Saudis or who ever he thinks is a left wing guy, than they don't. Again, Hillary didn't get the foreign money, the Clinton Foundation (non political) did. And I have the right to buy from anyone I want. Menard and his brother started out building pole bldgs for a low price and quality. That philosophy is still at Menards. Most of the products used for bldg are sub standard. Nothing is top of the line. Second thing is all you who think unions spend against the wishes of their members don't know squat. By Fed law unions must hold periodic votes on who to spend campaign money on. You didn't vote or were too unaware of the vote happening is your own problem.

new2Lax

Tower, The problem is this. Hillary touts women's right's. These foreign donors do not, not even BASIC human rights. See a little hipocrcy here. They support SHARIA law. George Soros is a convicted felon not only a far left radical. Union members do not have the freedom to give to who they support and they do not vote on who they want the union to support. Each member should be allowed to choose who they support as they now do.
In election campaigns, unions should provide members with information, not voting instructions which they do.
Again and again, members tell us that information is what they want most from their
unions. Members say they do not want to be told for whom to vote. Often they perceive
endorsements as "instructions" on how to vote, to which they react with indifference or
even resentment. Some also suspect that endorsements are driven more by unions'
institutional interests than by what is best for members. This is how it really works.

MELLO

Did you ever go to A union meeting? If you go they give you the information you need. They do not twist your arm and tell you better vote for someone or they will kick you out.

new2Lax

You do not have to attend a Klan meeting to know how they operate and what they support.

tower

Liar, unions must by Fed law do the vote. It is under the anti union Taft-Hartley Law passed back around 1950. Again, and again, Hillary didn't get a dime, the Clinton Foundation did. You can repeat this BS as much as you want it isn't going to make any more true.

capedcrusader

Troll...

LooneyLeft

tower i have been in two different unions for a total of 33 years and was never informed of any such vote.....must be a secret closed door vote....once again you show how underhanded unions are....good job

MELLO

Did you ever go to A meeting? Maybe if you did you would of been informed.

LooneyLeft

yes i did go, and I bet I could walk around and ask and no one else would have either

tower

Than loony, I suggest you file a compliant with who ever controls this. Bet you will be laughed out of the office with a copy of the vote. No union is going to violate Fed law for years, apparently, and not get charged with something. Maybe you hit the bar before the meetings a little too much. You know, deaden the experience of having to associate with those Dem union thugs.

oldhomey

Looney, I quote your eloquent reply below to Mello in its entirety: "yes i did go, and I bet I could walk around and ask and no one else would have either"

It is apparent from that posting that you have problems with forming thoughts, which would indicate that you also have problems of comprehending what is going on around you. Perhaps that is why you think you never received information from your union. Did you get a 40 hour week? Did you manage to perform adequately in your job despite your obvious shortcomings? Did the union protect you from management when it was unhappy with you? Did you get wage increases through most of your working life that kept up with and exceeded inflation? Did you get adequate health coverage for you and your family? Did you get vacations? Did you get a pension not entirely based on the casino pensions employers now dispense through 401K plans? Perhaps you should reconsider and thank what your unions did for you. The next generation won't have it.

superman

Oh Looney, your small man anger issues crack me up!

Keep posting nerd.

First base

How does a person know everything but then nothing? If this doesn't go to court, then our country is truly going in the wrong, corrupt, direction.

olderthandirt

I love how it is great for Obama to have gotten campaign money from George Soros, and who knows who else. Hillary received money from Saudi Arabia and who knows who else, but it is not okay for Walker to get donations from an American businessman. Menard as well as the Koch brothers provide American jobs and donate millions to charity. Why the hatred for rich, hardworking Americans? We should all be so smart and successful as these men! Remember who is paying the majority of taxes in this country, the top 1%.

lccg6654

I want written proof that John Menard and the Koch Brothers contributed to any charity, such as United Way, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club, etc.

oldhomey

How is it that you know about George Soros' political contributions but, until now, not Menard's? Soros did not hide his giving behind tightly drawn curtains. Menard did. If the Supreme Court, an openly right wing, partisan body, makes it legal for billionaires and corporations to spend any amount of money they wish on any political party or politician that they choose, then it is time to demand a law that at least will require making public the source of all large political donations, say more than $1,000. If very wealthy people and business entities have the right to according to the Supreme Court to attempt to suborn and corrupt our public office holders, the public at least has the right to know who those people and entities are. No hiding.

capedcrusader

And another troll...

superman

While I completely disagree with his political ideology, he is still WI's biggest tax payer, and one of it's biggest employers.

And I don't want him encroaching on my freedom to express myself anymore than he would want us too.

GrandpaS

@ Superman: People with John Menard's money have a whole team of accountants who see to it that he is NOT Wisconsin's biggest tax payer. I'd bet on it. And as an employer, he sucks. Low pay, lack of safety concern for employees, etc. Talk to someone who used to work at Menard's. You'll get an ear full.

capedcrusader

Talk to people that work there now!

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Monteee

Menards also likes to terminate employees just before a certain date in December, specifically because their portions of the annual profit sharing program are pooled back into the Company's coffers.

Corruption at many levels.

JimB

BBOYCOTT MENARD'S! John Menard can give his money to anyone he wants, but he will never receive another dime of my money. In the past 10 years, I have spent 15 to 29,thousand dollars on renovations to my home at Menard's, but I will never set foot in the store again now that I understand what is going on there.

Letitsnow

John Menard can give his money to who ever he wants after all it's his money to give away if he wants. Another non-story. Nice try lib-trib.

oldhomey

The very rich insisted and have won an opinion of a skewed U.S. Supreme Court that money is free speech. So very rich companies like Menards can corrupt politicians with money gifts to receive favors for their companies. If that is free speech, then working people - wage earners who work for rich corporations and individuals have money-backed free speech, too. They can spend that money where they want to, just as the very rich can. One way to spend it is by refusing to shop at an openly rightwing business like Menards who back politicians who work against the interests of working people. So give Menards something to think about who their main customer base (and profit base) is. the working class or the 1 percent. Which segment of the population does Menards profit-making most depend on, the shoppers from the 1 percent or the dollars from the rest of us? This episode demonstrates how important it is to pass laws insisting on making public the source of all political donations.

superman

HAHA, "Lib-Trib" Love it! You pathetic posters and your bologna redefining.

Don't like the Tribune, Don't read it. It's as simple as that.

Keep it going Meatball...

Letitsnow

I see superman doesn't have anything so he reverts to name calling and personal attacks. The definition of a small man with a smaller mind.

capedcrusader

Actually you started it with calling the Tribune a name. Wow, you can't even follow the conversation.

new2Lax

Old, I'm confused a bit here. In your response to Melowese you seem concern about a person being able to spend or have the ability to say where and who gets their money, yet when it comes to unions not giving that right to their employees to direct their political spending and on who they support. It appears the only difference here for you is that unions have a right to disenfranchise some employees who may differ with the unions position. Is there really a difference here. Freedom to spend should be given to everyone. I'm sure you now see why union numbers have fallen so drastically, now the employee has freedom to choose.

lookout

Unions can't spend any members money on any political thing what so ever. It's against the law. You don't know what your talking about.

tmartin

Apparently, WEAC can break the law.

According to new campaign finance reports filed with the Government Accountability Board, WEAC PAC, the political action committee for the state's largest teachers union, spent approximately $1.6 million on donations to radical left-wing groups and funding for anti-Walker negative ads.

WEAC gave the Greater Wisconsin Committee, a left-wing group responsible for running deceitful negative ads against Scott Walker, over $1.3 million in the last three months. According to the Center for Public Integrity, the Greater Wisconsin Committee has spent over $2.6 million on negative ads this campaign cycle making WEAC one of the top contributors. The Greater Wisconsin Committee is responsible for running one-sided ads about equal pay, tax cuts for the wealthy, and education funding.

In addition, WEAC shifted $100,000 to the union-funded get-out-the-vote effort run by We Are Wisconsin

oldhomey

And tell us, tmartin, what deceitful things the Greater Wisconsin Committee said about Scott Walker? Please be specific. One-sided ads? Oh my, what a terrible, terrible accusation.

oldhomey

Do unions actually disenfranchise members? When is the last time you saw a case of a union stopping a member from voting because they didn't trust how he would vote? Do unions have the right to insist that all their members vote a certain way? When was the last case you can recall that poll workers allowed union officials oversee how each of their members voted while in the voting booth? Have you belonged to any clubs, like PTA or Kiwanis? Once the vote is taken on how dues will be spent, do those who thought it might be spent in a different way immediately threaten to resign and file lawsuits unless their way is satisfied? If you belong to an organization whose membership is voluntary, you take what you deem is the good with the bad, or you leave. My father was a lifelong union member. He was also a staunch Republican. He never beefed about how the union backed candidates he might not have. And he and his family enjoyed the fruits of union provided good wages and benefits.

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

Good benefits like the Teamsters pension fund where their union members are going to get a 65% reduction in their pensions? LOL

Polarbear

Why are you so against education Coog?

BudandDot

Walker backers will continue to support his attack on working class no matter how much they are getting the shaft. Maybe when republicans get the 7 day work week passed and walker backers have to work sat and sundays with no overtime, will they finally see the light that walker is only in it for millionaires and dont care who he steps on.

Cassandra

The best governor money can buy!

RINO Cowboy

Free speech for Mr Menard. Buying that political influence (AND keeping it secret, so the public would'nt know what was going on) only cost $1.5million. Walker must be a cheap date. Gotta wonder though, why the great effort at KEEPING things secret ... .

Machiavelli

Menards to conservative hatchet groups: "Keep my supply of cheap-labor employees/exploitees flowing!"

Unions. They exist for a reason!

"If you had been nicer, there wouldn't be any Communists!" -- Graffito, French student uprising, 1960s

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Snow Cougar Mary Burke

Thanks for demonstrating the knuckle-dragger union thug mentality. Stay classy!

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

Must really suck to be a trib-lib. I stopped at Menards tonight and saved big money!

LAX

And what you got was cheap junk...most likely from China...

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

Nope! Omaha Nebraska.

Polarbear

you might as well shop from china there Coog. Lest we forget that there are people in this area that call on menards and try to sell to them. Mr. Menard is more about buying from china than the USA. But I suppose that doesn't count?

capedcrusader

There ya go Rick. That explains everything.

jharrimjr

Snow vermin, was that money spent for your den or for one of your slum apartments?

JackPineSavage

I will be concerned about this once the clowns from the left start ridiculing their own. Until then, Big deal. I hope Menard donates more to conservative causes. We see the left wing nut job outcry on the Koch's while they turn a blind eye to Tom Steyer, George Soros and Warren Buffett. So please, left wing fools, look in the mirror.

Tcarp8

I honestly don't know how anyone can say that the group of millionaires in (national) office representing the left is any better or worse than the group of millionaires representing the right. With very few exceptions, they're only out for themselves.

oldhomey

Tcarp8, I think you would find most liberals agree with you. The aim is to stop this ridiculous money flow into politics, both to the Republicans and the Democrats. Both sides believe they will need more than $1 billion to win the next presidency. How can this be healthy for our nation, for our political system, for our way of life? What is that money buying except favoritism, which plain and simple is buying and owning the president, the Senate, the House, the governor's mansions, the state legislatures, the city halls. It has to be stopped, because if it doesn't, we will live in a plutocracy. There has always been money in politics, but there has never, ever been money flowing into it on the scale that is flowing in now. You might pass this on to JackPineSavage, who seems confused about what this argument is about.

jharrimjr

"Job Creator" is the new Thuglican speak for those who All-too-often are Job Exploiters and Political Oppressors. We need a law in WI to mirror RTW: that ALL political contributions made by an employer, of ANY size, need to be filtered by the desires of the Workers and THEIR political desires. The proportion of contribution denied to a candidate not of your choosing should be based on your productivity, years of service, etc. We can work the details out as we go along. THAT kind of law will help level the playing field back a bit before Union-busting took place by those Webumbleditagains.

Jobaba

Wisconsin Governors Mansion…"Open For Business"

Tcarp8

Both Lowe's and Home Depot are both publicly - traded corporations.

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

Who's CEO's rake in m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-millions of $$$$$$$ every year. LOL

jharrimjr

Snow weasel, the CEO's of Lowe's and Home Depot don't seem to be trying to buy the State like John "Shady" Menard is doing.

Tcarp8

Do you think the owners of Home Depot and Lowe's or any other store chain give all their money to Little Sisters of the Poor?

oldhomey

Do you think the owners of Home Depot or Lowes is stupid enough to insult the 98 percent of their customer base by sending vast amounts of money to politicians who have openly vowed to work against the interests of that 98 percent? Granted, there is a large portion of that 98 percent that is easily distracted and confused, gulled into supporting the politicians aligned against them. You, Tcarp8, seem to be an excellent example of being one of them. But the majority of them understands what is going on.

ou812

wow Tim you are so smart!!!,. where was it written that Menards had the poorest customer service???

oldhomey

ou812, it doesn't have to be written if you have experienced it yourself. Do you rush back to shop at store that has given you the bum's rush? Perhaps you do.

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

What differnce does it make to you oldhomey what kind of customer servive you get at Menards when since you already said you are boycotting them anyways.

The real question is whether Polarbear, fish37, GrandpaS or any of your other tribune characters are going to boycott Menards? LOL

oldhomey

Snow, you also are very easily amused, I see. And you also have trouble, obviously, comprehending what you read. You better get back to only posting those boilerplate messages the Koch machine pays you to re-post here.

choker

Does it make sense for a wealthy and astute businessman to give one and a half million dollars to a politician and not expect anything in return? We aren't that stupid and gullible are we?

Fordnascar

Guess I won't be shopping at Menard's anymore either...Hello Home Depot! Why not give that money to a homeless shelter, or to help the poor who have a hard time buying food to eat and fuel for a warm house. How about spending it on some students that would love to go to college but can't afford the tuition. How about donating to the parks and hiking trails. There is so many better ways to spend this money.

Melowese Richardson

While I don't disagree with your point that there are many better ways to spend his money, you're missing the big picture here. It's his money to do with as he wants.

oldhomey

More deep thoughts from Melowese. And is it not the right of all working class people to do as they want with their money, including deciding where to spend it if one feels the owners of that business is working against the interests of most of their customers?

Melowese Richardson

Yes it is homey. I'd stay and talk some more but I've got to see what I need to buy at Menards tomorrow!! Have a great night.

oldhomey

Gosh, Melowese, in response to your response below, I am shocked, SHOCKED! that, while you did not disagree with the point that there are better ways for Menard to spend his money, you now would turn around and SUPPORT Menards by shopping there. You must be one of those closet one percenters who hides behind a public pose of being a reasonable person. I feel betrayed. Now I can never trust anything you say, ever again.

Melowese Richardson

@Oldfogey:

How John Menard spends his money is really not any of my concern. And yes I will continue to support Menards. I never said that I disagreed with Menard, I said that there are much better ways for him to spend his money. As I said earlier, it's his money to do with as he sees fit.

lookout

Why should people buy things from someone that doesn't support the things they do in politics when their using your money to support a political belief you don't believe in. I won't be shopping there anymore. I know it won't make a difference but it's the point of giving money to someone who'll be using it to support a political ideology that has never worked for the middleclass or the poor. It only supports the rich.

ou812

rino, I'm guessing you are a lazy liberal FREELOADER????

jharrimjr

ou, I812, but I didn't drink the Koch Kool-Aid like you do. Your statement hardly deserves rebuttal: that somehow you believe that Progressives are "lazy" and "freedloaders." The reality is that most of us on here who are progressive are smarter and have more formal education and degrees than the likes of you. Does it necessarily makes us better? No. Just smarter.

Melowese Richardson

jbharassmentjr:

You forgot arrogant as another description of you and your liberal friends.

oldhomey

Do you mean, Melowese, arrogant like 2dogs in the comment below?

2dogs

Who cares?

Union Man

They're try'n to get daley in there quick before they get to deep in those emails

mtighe Staff
mtighe

Of course, making messes in stores just punishes the workers who have to tidy up the places, not the owners.

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you think you know

One period in that rambling nonsense you claim to be an argument. Good for you.

you think you know

Hold on, so under the Doyle admin Menards gets $1 million of a a $1.6 million amount. Under Walker they've only gotten $165k and homey is up in arms? What am I missing?

I'm confused why this is even a story. Yes, John Menard donated to a conservative fund. He probably donated to conservative funds when Doyle was in office and he still got tax money, so why not the outrage about that?

This news is nothing but slanderous garbage written to get the libs blood flowing. All they have is speculation, and nothing to convict in a court of law, so they'll do whatever they can to convict in the court of public opinion.

And before the hysteria of rich guy donating to conservatives starts flowing, up until a few years ago Herb Kohl was the 2nd richest man in WI, might still be for all I know.

RINO Cowboy

Buying political influence is a crime. Political graft, influence peddling, patronage are all crimes. The article is about Walker, he is governor now, not Doyle. IF Doyle did these things it doesnt make it right if Governor Unintimidated did the same. You should know that, *you think you know*. Of COURSE Walker didnt know anything about this issue. Plausible dependability. Reagan was a master at it (to be fair his dementia may have played a part but tough to separate the actor from the dementia ...), and Walker is a wannabe Reagan. More like "I Am Not a Crook Walker" Has a somewhat familiar ring to it, no?

oldhomey

To tell you the truth, youthinkyou, I had no idea of how much money Doyle gave or Walker gave to Menards. My point of suggesting a boycott of Menards is more simple. The very rich insisted and have won an opinion of a skewed U.S. Supreme Court that money is free speech. So very rich companies like Menards can spend money to corrupt politicians in an attempt to assure that those corrupted politicians win their elections and will do favors for those companies. If that is free speech, then working people - wage earners who work for rich corporations and individuals who stand to lose the most by giving up that kind of power - have the right to spend their dollars as a form of free speech, too. And that would be to not shop at an openly rightwing supporting business like Menards. So let your dollars speak, working class America, and give Menards something to think about who their main customer base (and profit base) is. the working class or the 1 percent. Free speech is our right, too.

jharrimjr

youknowdiddly, cf: "The John Doe investigation, the fate of which is now in the hands of the state Supreme Court, is probing whether Walker's recall campaign illegally coordinated with Wisconsin Club for Growth to raise millions of dollars that it then distributed to other groups that sought to influence public opinion." The writer is raising the issue that because ONE dirty contributor gave $$ to Wisconsin Club for 1% Growth, Menard and LIKELY others also did. Wanker is sleazy and if his people coordinate with The 1% Club, they broke the law. Jail them all! Tar and feather them!

capedcrusader

Apparently you don't know much.

ahasp

There is no free market justification for WEDC. If these firms can't survive without a government handout, then they won't survive when the government stops handing out money. WEDC was set up to reward Walker donors for their contributions.

jharrimjr

ahasp, Wefrackedyouagains are all against "welfare" except when it is CORPORATE welfare which is a greater Federal "entitlement" than Social "welfare."

First base

It's welfare for the richest.

First base

Home Depot gives 10% discounts to veterans, just need a VA ID or DD214. Menards won't give us a discount.

Monteee

This is the most unsurprising news story I've ever read.......

Frangel45

I agree with Monteee - anyone who follows investigative journalism knew this long ago. I have not shopped there for years - and I'm a contractor. I prefer to patronize small local businesses - certainly not the ABC Supply, Home Depot and Menards - Walker flunkies. I know friends of the Menards as well so hear a lot - he is not very humble about his shenanigans.

CJ

Another evil job creator............sarcasm of course. Cue Jhar in 3, 2, 1...

jharrimjr

BJ, yes here I am! Another 1%er who wants to skirt the laws regarding coordinating bribes, er donations. It's not necessarily the money that is the evil, it is the attitude and behavior that comes with it from the likes of Menard, Koch brothers, etc. These Clownservatives have an agenda: to negate the political opposition. A political monopoly, not unlike all the economic monopolies this country has (and still) has been burdened with. Even the most doltish Clownservative posters on here at least have an iota of sense not to PUBLICLY say they want a ONE-PARTY State and Country, but that IS in FACT what you Corporate Oligarchists want.

oldhomey

I've always liked shopping at Menards. Sorry I can't shop there anymore.

Monteee

I've liked shopping there.

I really hated working there.

UW-Nowhere

Crappy lumber though. Buy a 2x4 from Menard in the morning and the two ends will be touching by the end of the day.

Tim Russell

It's not "your father's Menards". That's for sure. Before Home Depot came to Wisconsin, they were the least customer service orientated "big box" store out there. That's why he likes Walker. He would love to go back to the days when he didn't have serious competition. And he believes Walker will get him back to the good old days.

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

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jharrimjr

Snow Roach, is that a pic of your boyfriend? And if not, who?

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