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Scott Walker Gets $1.3 Million From Koch Summit Attendees to Fight Recall

Wisconsin's embattled Republican governor is supported by a who's who of wealthy right-wing donors.

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"We've spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We're going to spend more." 

Donors to the Walker recall campaign who attended Koch donor summits in recent years include:

  • James "Art" Pope: North Carolina businessman and political figure, Americans for Prosperity board member ($25,000 on 02/10/2012)
  • Frank Baxter: Chairman Emeritus of Jeffries and Company ($2,500 on 4/23/2012) 
  • John Bryan: both lists mention A John Bryan, but give no details ($25,000 on 1/17/2012) 
  • Alan Boeckmann: Chairman of the Fluor Corporation ($2,500 on 3/29/2012) 
  • John Childs: Chairman of J.W. Childs and Associates ($100,000 on 4/23/2012) 
  • Joseph Craft: Alliance Coal ($25,000 in December of 2011) 
  • Richard DeVos: Founder of Amway ($250,000 on 3/16/2012) 
  • Robert Fettig: Tankcraft ($2,500 on 7/7/2011) 
  • Foster Friess: ($100,000 on 11/16/2011) 
  • Stanley Hubbard: Founder and Chairman of Hubbard Broadcasting ($10,000 on 11/18/2011) 
  • Diane Hendricks: Husband of the late Ken Hendricks, who ran ABC supply ($500,000 on 4/13/2012) 
  • Randy Kendrick: Datatel ($2,500 on 3/1/2012) 
  • Dennis Kuster: Marshall & Isley bank ($50,000 on 12/9/2011 
  • Robert Luddy: President of Captive Aire Systems ($50,000 in april of 2012) 
  • Larry Nichols: President of Devon Energy ($5,000 on 4/17/2012) 
  • Chris Rufer: president of the Morning Star Company ($1,500 on 3/25/2012) 
  • Richard Weekley: Weekly Properties and Texans for Lawsuit Reform ($24,000 on 1/17/2012) 
  • Richard Weiss: Wells Capitol Management and Wells Fargo ($2,000 on 2/16/2012)
  • Fred Young and wife Sandra: Former owner of Young Radiators and trustee of the Kochs' Reason Foundation. ($26,000 on 1/24/12 [$13,000 each])
  • John "Jack" Templeton and his wife Josephine ($20,000; $10,000 on 4/09/12 and $10,000 on 4/19/12)

While direct donations to gubernatorial candidates are typically capped at $10,000, a quirk in Wisconsin campaign finance law allowed Walker to accept unlimited contributions between the time recall petitions were filed and the date an election was certified. 

Brendan Fischer is a law fellow at the Center for Media and Democracy, publisher of PR Watch.