New Report Shows Big Money Backing Wisconsin Mine Proposals

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at 7:01 am

A new report finds that special interest groups have spent big money to show their support to ease regulations so a new iron ore mine can open in Ashland and Iron counties.

The government watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported Monday that supporters of the mine donated $15.6 million to the Republican-controlled Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker between 2010 and June 2012.

The report says environmentalists who oppose the bill donated only about $25,500 over the same period.

Walker received $11.3 million from those who support mining while members of the Legislature got $4.25 million.

The single largest benefactor in the Legislature was Republican Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills. The report says she got just over $467,000, but she also spent more than $1.2 million to defeat a recall effort against her.

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