Scott Walker served in the Wisconsin State Assembly representing the 14th District from 1993-2002, before becoming Milwaukee County Executive. There has been growing speculation surrounding the influence of the ultra-conservative think tank ALEC on Walker’s policies. There are already direct ties between Koch Industries, Smart Government Inc. (Greater Milwaukee Committee’s lobbying interest), and radical change in Municipal Governance legislation. Badger Democracy has found proof in the State of Wisconsin Blue Book 1997, (page 12) that then-Assemblyman Walker was a member of ALEC. In fact, he was the only legislator besides Rep. Hoven to list ALEC in their biography. The power and influence ALEC had on Walker in his formative years in absolutely clear in his authored legislation at the time.
The legislation introduced by Rep. Walker in 1997 strictly follows “model legislation” being pushed by ALEC not only to this day, but in 1997. The following bills were authored by Walker in the 1997 session (the preceding link allows for a search by bill number):
AB740 – Prohibits Public Funding of Abortion
AB953 – Releases Doctors, Nurses, and Pharmacists from liability for refusing on religious or creed beliefs, to provide services such as birth control, abortion, and end-of-life actions such as feeding or breathing tube removal.
AB441/SB46 – Justice Substitution – an almost exact version just recently passed the Joint Judiciary Committee.
AB634 – Authorizes the DOC to contract for privatized inmate services, including transport and incarceration, outside OR inside the state.
All the bills above are carbon copies of “model legislation” in the ALEC playbook. They also have (and had) powerful corporate money and influence in their development. The major power players in ALEC today:
- Don Bohn – Johnson & Johnson
- Jeff Bond – PhRMA
- Bill Carmichael – American Bail Coalition
- Derek Crawford – Kraft Foods, Inc.
- John Del Giorno – GlaxoSmithKline
- Matt Echols – Coca-Cola Company
- Jim Epperson, Jr. – AT&T Services, Inc.
- Michael Hubert – Pfizer Inc
- Bernie McKay – Intuit, Inc.
- Mike Morgan – Koch Industries, Inc.
- Kevin Murphy – ExxonMobil Corp.
- Sandra Oliver – Bayer Corporation
- David Powers – Reynolds American Inc.
- Maggie Sans – Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
- Russell Smoldon – Salt River Project
- Roland Spies – State Farm Insurance Co.
- Pat Thomas – United Parcel Service
- Jerry Watson – Chairman Emeritus
The above corporations also donated heavily to the election of GOVERNOR Scott Walker. AT&T alone gave over $20,000 to the Walker campaign. ALEC’s influence on Walker also manifested itself in his relationship as Legislator and County Executive with the Greater Milwaukee Committee. While legislators are not members of the Committee, they are frequent “guest speakers” (quote from GMC Communications Director). County Executive Walker also served on the Board of The Milwaukee 7 – a policy entity of the Greater Milwaukee Committee pushing privatization and consolidation strategies in the Milwaukee 7 county region. Obvious connections can be made to the Greater Milwaukee Committee agenda and the “Toolkit” forwarded by ALEC - as presented in the “Make It Your Milwaukee County Initiative,” by Smart Government Inc (GMC’s lobbying firm). Not only do these large corporate interests dominate the policies of ALEC, they also carry a heavy influence in the Greater Milwaukee Committee. Note the similar corporate “partners” between ALEC, GMC, and those who donate heavily to the Walker Campaign.
Undoubtedly, Scott Walker carried a heavy influence with the policies of the Greater Milwaukee Committee in his formative years as a legislator; just as ALEC carried a heavy influence on Scott Walker. One only needs to look to the fact that he “proudly” listed ALEC in his biography, one of only two to do so. This relationship goes way back, and one needs only to look to the ALEC and Koch-sponsored agenda of corporate dominance to see where his priorities lie. It is the tenacity and knowledge of these facts that will lead Wisconsin to be the first state to defeat the new “Robber Barons.” They do not represent the Wisconsin Idea, and they do not represent us. This nationalized agenda of a new corporatic state ends with the people of Wisconsin. Scott Walker, funded and brainwashed by ALEC/Corporate interests, has revealed his true values – they are not of Wisconsin – any more than his legislative ideas of 1997. The attempt of these groups to monopolize and privatize state resources requires massive pushback from the people of Wisconsin. Support recall efforts, rally, share, and vote – we are greater in numbers than they can ever hope to be, and as the truth of this co-opting of Democracy is revealed, more will join the cause. On, Wisconsin!