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Scott Walker's Billionaire Boys Club: Big Money Backs Anti-Labor Agenda

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This article cross-posted from The Nation


Sheldon Adelson won't have Newt Gingrich to write campaign checks for anymore, so the Las Vegas billionaire has found a new politician to lavish with money love: Scott Walker.

Adelson, whose $20 million in Super PAC donations kept Gingrich's sinking presidential campaign afloat through the long months preceding the former House Speaker's decision to face reality and quit the competition, is now one of the embattled Wisconsin governor's biggest donors.

Walker, who faces a recall election on June 5, is fighting for his political life in a state where close to 1 million citizens signed the petitions that forced the governor to face the voters. The Wisconsinite's political star has become so tarnished that his only hope for prevailing is to overwhelm the opposition with massive spending.

And Walker has turned to Adelson and other out-of-state millionaires and billionaires, as well as corporate special interests, to keep himself in the running. Adelson's response? A $250,000 check to the Walker campaign, which was allowed to raise unlimited funds during the period when the recall was qualifying.

On Monday, Walker's campaign reported that the governor raised an unprecedented $13 million in the quarterly reporting period that ended in late April.

That's not just more money than any Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate has ever before raised in a single quarter. That's more than any Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate has ever before raised in an entire campaign.

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