Wisc. Union-Busters Cash In With DC Lobbyists
March 16, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—Where do you go after a big win? Why, Disney World, of course. Such is the case with a group of Wisconsin Republicans, after winning a legislative and political battle to screw the poor and the middle class, by stripping most public workers of their collective bargaining rights. But instead of traveling to Orlando, the Wisconsin Republicans packed their bags for the glittering Magic Kingdom and pots of gold awaiting them at a powerhouse Washington, D.C. lobbying firm. Their outstretched hands will be stuffed with corporate cash for a job well done. But their pay to play celebration has not gone unnoticed. A pro-union protest is planned outside of the lobbying firm BGR Group, which is hosting the fundraising event this evening.
The Facebook information page reads, “Last week, Wisconsin Republicans stripped middle class workers of their rights. This week, those same lawmakers are receiving their payoff by corporate lobbyists and donors. Let’s rally with Wisconsin–join us!”
Although a contingent of state lawmakers showing up at a D.C. fundraiser is not breaking news, the optics, as they say, in this case look pretty bad. Just days after jamming through a controversial union-busting bill, without a single Democratic senator present, the head union busters arrive in Washington to cash in.
The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel has more on the DC fundraiser:
“State Republicans are holding the fundraiser at the offices of the lobbying firm BGR Group in D.C. It cost $1,000 to attend the event, which starts at 5:30 p.m.” [...]
“Former Gov. Tommy Thompson’s one-time top aide, Bob Wood, is president of government affairs for BGR, the firm co-founded by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. he is no longer with the firm. Public Campaign noted that BGR has worked for such Wisconsin companies as WE Engergies.
Those featured at the Wisconsin fundraiser will be: Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau; Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald of Horicon; Rep. Scott Suder of Abbotsford; Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend; and Joint Finance Committee co-chairmen, Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills and Rep. Robin Vos of Burlington.”
When the Wisconsin Republicans return home thoroughly satiated, they will be facing an energized recall campaign. If just three Republican state senators can be recalled, the Democrats would regain control. And Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald would no longer have the power to play his petty political games.