How cozy can candidates be with political groups?

By Rachel Baye

A Wisconsin probe into recall campaigns highlights murky rules nationwide about how much candidates and outside groups can coordinate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… with coordination laws.” …"

Judge who stopped Wisconsin campaign finance probe tied to Koch-funded junkets

By Chris Young

Federal judge who attended Koch-funded conferences halts campaign finance investigation into Wisconsin group with Koch ties.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… igation into possible illegal campaign coordination between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and conservative groups during two recent recall elections regularly atten …"

GOP leaders, donors mix during secretive forum

By Michael Beckel

Documents shed light on closed-door confab featuring top politicians and donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… Marco Rubio of Florida, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ranked among the event’s headliners, according to an event program. The …"

‘Nonpartisan’ gun rights group boosted by Democratic-aligned America Votes

By Adam Wollner and Michael Beckel

Nearly all of 'nonpartisan' Bull Moose Sportsmen's funding has come from a Democratic-aligned nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… ting Democrats and attempting to defeat Republicans such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — was created in 2004 by a group of liberal political operatives. Among …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… it in 2012. National unions, seemingly shattered following Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s easy victory in a recall election the previous June, roared back with …"

State pro-business organizations are publicly funded, but privately controlled

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… arguing the liquor sales lease is illegal. Altered states Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also created a public-private entity, the Wisconsin Economic Development C …"

'America Votes' spent nearly $1 million on Wisconsin recall

By Adam Wollner

Progressive nonprofit, fueled by unions, targeted Wisconsin recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… combined $940,000 to four organizations that tried to boot Republican Gov. Scott Walker and several other GOP lawmakers out of office. America Votes, which aims …"

Super PAC forms to elect liberal women governors

By Adam Wollner

Former EMILY's List official starts group to boost liberal, female gubernatorial candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… ecided — almost exclusively — by men.” This month, Republican Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio each signed contentious anti-abortion …"

Wisconsin justice's spouse head of union-busting law firm

By Chris Young

Wisconsin Supreme Court justice married to head of firm that battles unions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… to hear the appeal of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting law, despite the fact that her husband is the president …"

Governors’ groups rely increasingly on 'dark money' affiliates

By Paul Abowd

Powerful state governors' associations are pumping more funds into nonprofit arms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… nprofit Greater Wisconsin Committee was mobilizing against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill. Greater Wisconsin put the $425,000 grant toward a multim …"

Donor profile: AFSCME

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… er the failed AFSCME-backed effort to unseat Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election. The contest attracted nearly $64 million in outside …"

GOP gov's group raises $100 million in mostly losing effort

By Paul Abowd and Andrea Fuller

Many of the same super-rich Republican donors that financed super PACs were active at the state level.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… came in 2010. The North Carolina win and the failed effort to recall Scott Walker, Wisconsin's Republican governor, in June, were high points for the GOP.In …"

Redistricting credited for GOP success in Wisconsin congressional races

By Bill Lueders and Kate Golden

Enigma out of Wisconsin as GOP controls more seats than votes cast in their favor would predict

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… me election observers say these results, which ensure that Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have strong GOP majorities heading into the next legislative session, …"

Pennsylvania governor benefited from untraceable $1.5 million donation

By Paul Abowd and Alexandra Duszak

How Pennsylvania's governor benefited from an untraceable $1.5 million donation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… Virginia. The RGA also dropped about $8 million to protect Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from being recalled, and has shored up incumbents in Utah, Puerto Rico and …"

National unions and Chamber of Commerce face off in Michigan

By Paul Abowd

Michigan’s emergency manager law, and labor’s future, up for a vote

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… uence than its unsuccessful attempt to remove union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office earlier this year.“The eyes of the nation will be on Michiga …"

PAC profile: Ending Spending Action Fund

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… ard, the Wisconsin fund spent $245,000 on an ad supporting Republican Gov. Scott Walker.Unlike super PACs, 1.91 groups do not disclose their donors, so it is not …"

Drought now grips more than half of the nation

By The Associated Press

New report shows drought gripping US has expanded to cover widest area since drought of 1956

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… Some state governments are stepping in, too. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in 42 counties last week to speed up the iss …"

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Governors put off health care questions, for now

By The Associated Press

Concerned about costs, governors put off decisions on health care law until after Election Day

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… told The Associated Press. "So yeah, I'm a little gun-shy."Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who survived a recall election in June, said in an interview that governo …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… e ads in Wisconsin ahead of the state's recall election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. At one rally, Phillips cal …"

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… ith a 7-to-one fundraising advantage of and record turnout, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker this week defeated a union-led recall challenge by Democrat Tom Barrett. T …"

Walker wins Wisconsin recall election flooded with outside spending

By Paul Abowd

Record campaign spending followed by record turnout in Wisconsin recall vote.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… bsp; …"

Wisconsin recall breaks record thanks to outside cash

By Paul Abowd

All eyes are on Wisconsin recall election as unions square off against deep-pocketed GOP donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… Vos Sr. founded the company. …"

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker grants significant access to companies, donors

By Kate Golden, Bill Lueders and Amy Karon

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… mpaign donor or corporate executive to get an audience with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But it doesn’t hurt.Walker received contributions from employees or pol …"

Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s conservative media appearances pay off as he raises millions from out-of-state donors

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's national conservative media appearances have helped him to raise millions from out-of-state donors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… Coming Sunday, May 20: Who got access to Walker? …"

"… strategy — a constant public-relations focus in a 24-hour news world.“Scott Walker is a modern politician,”  said Geoffrey Skelley, political analyst …"

Walker’s official work time declines as national fame grows

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin governor's official work time declines as national fame grows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… dison or its affiliates. …"

"… groups outside the state.On Jan. 28, 2011, two weeks before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his plan to slash public employee unions’ powers, he dined at t …"

Donor profile: National Education Association

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… The group was part of the coalition that failed to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the state’s June 5 special election. The NEA's super PAC also gave $ …"

Six things you didn’t know about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

By Corbin Hiar

New profile sheds light on the background, politics, and priciples of the embattled Wisconsin governor

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… eck out all three stories in the series and the full interview with Walker. …"

"… ith a blogger posing to be conservative mega-donor David Koch in February, Scott Walker admitted that he had “thought about” planting troublemakers among the …"

Industry wields sway over air pollution rules, enforcement

By Ronnie Greene, Chris Hamby and Jim Morris

As communities battle toxic air, industry shapes EPA and state regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… onmental agencies lean too heavily toward business interests.In Wisconsin, Scott Walker swept into the governor’s office in 2010 on a message of job creation. S …"

A long wait yields expansive new freedoms in Wisconsin

By Bill Lueders

NRA calls state's new concealed-carry law 'one of nation's strongest'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… isite two-thirds vote.This year, following the election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker and GOP majorities in both houses, concealed carry was back. Jauch voted a …"

"… penly, in plain view. November 2010: Wisconsin elects Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP gains control of both houses of the state Legislature. Ma …"

Analysis — Emails favored Walker 2-1

By Kate Golden

Gov. Scott Walker was right: The angry crowds in Madison didn’t tell the whole story of how Wisconsinites felt. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… e student Wesley Brooks. Kate Golden is at kgolden@wisconsinwatch.org. …"

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