Gov. Walker Bringing In Money, Big Name Supporters For Recall Support

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 at 7:14 am

With recall elections upcoming in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker is assembling quite a team to help him retain his title as the leader of the state.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected in the state to campaign for his fellow Republican Governor.

Christie will first be visiting Green Bay for a luncheon with Walker and supporters Tuesday.

In New Jersey, Christie has also picked a fight with the public teachers union and has forced pension and health care concessions from union workers through legislation very similar to what Walker has done here.

Walker also has a pretty impressive fan base that is giving him money now too with company founders, a Las Vegas casino president, and even an NBA team owner doling out cash for his campaign efforts.

These powerful players have helped Walker him shatter Wisconsin’s political fundraising record. Campaign finance reports filed Monday show Walker raised a record $13.1 million between Jan. 18 and last week.

Among his chief benefactors were Diane M. Hendricks, founder of Beloit-based American Builders and Contractors Supply Co.; Sheldon Adelson, chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands casino; and Richard DeVos, owner of the Orlando Magic basketball team and co-founder of the Amway Corp., a direct-sales company.

Five others handed him $100,000 each.

Walker is facing a recall election that has become a national showdown over union rights. Walker’s decision to eliminate most collective-bargaining rights for public employee unions ignited a political war that has left Wisconsin very polarized.

The primary is May 8 and the general recall election is June 5.

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