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Gov. Walker Cost Wisconsin Over $700,000 In Legal Fees So Far

Gov. Walker Cost Wisconsin Over $700,000 In Legal Fees So Far

 

Not only will Wisconsites be paying the price of Gov. Scott Walker’s drastic budget cuts and related policy initiatives, but they are also picking up the tab in the defense of the controversial measures.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, politically connected GOP lawyers have scored big, racking up more than $700,000 in invoices and payments authorized by Gov. Walker and Republican lawmakers to help represent the measures.

None of the legal challenges have run its full course, which means more money to go to pay these bills.

The bills are all part of the process of awarding special counsel contracts. Governors and lawmakers have their own legislative staff attorneys who normally handle all legal matters for a given state. But governors can appoint special counsel to matters if the state’s lawyers at the Department of Justice are unable to handle a case because of a conflict of interest or a lack of expertise or personnel.

In this case the state is defending challenges to Gov. Walker’s union-busting budget, his redistricting plan, and the highly restrictive voter ID law that threatens to disenfranchise thousands of elderly and low-income voters.

This is just the latest example of Gov. Walker farming out the private sector, at twice the cost, for traditional state employee functions and leaving Wisconsin taxpayers footing the difference. The brazenness of Walker’s cronyism would, in a different political climate, be shocking. Sadly these days it is simply business as usual for the GOP.

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12:43PM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

yeah, Don, the tbaggers have been stellar examples of good behavior....not. I hope you guys wake up and realize these republicans are not on your side, they are using you. They are not the conservatives you would wish they were. All they do is divide us and conquer, and they are not finished until the whole world is under their control You are not my enemy, they are our enemy!
Please watch this: http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/EnoughMarch

1:52AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

What a bunch of hypocrits and childish people you leftists are. Most of you are the most vendictive, foul mouthed, and LITTLE people I've seen. It's very obvious you don't listen to you President when he talks about civility. OH, ... that's right, ... he doesn't practice what he preaches either. You're all acting like a bunch of sniveling little brats that didn't get their ways, so the best you can come up with is the typical name calling and trying to demean others with you stupid garbage.

Gov Walker isn't the one costing the state the money. It's the union and other leftist groups who are sore losers, and are filing frivilous lawsuits that are the cause of the money loss to the state.

6:27PM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

The days of the Republican party are over. Everything they try now turns to crap, and they sure stink like hell.

4:24PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Every time I read Dan B's post as to why never to vote Republican, I cannot help but ask myself why someone would. After all, REPUBLICANS have proven time and again, especially lately, to be EXACTLY as Dan B describes them. Now that they have added the Tea Party to their group it is even more evident than ever.

"Obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous."

A PERFECT DESCRIPTION

8:52PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

@ Diane O, you're typical lying repug troll... Why the bloody hell don't you go write for faux news..? They're more your speed anyway. Michelle Obama has more class in even one her little fingers than you have in your whole miserable body... You sound like just another desperate, TEA party nut job making up like to besmirch the good name of a lovely First Lady. I think you might be jealous of her...

3:49PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/make-philip-davies-apologize-for-insensitive-remarks-about-the-less-fortunate/

2:57PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

Patrick, you're right. Sorry.

I was going back and forth between the two stories, and got both the douchbags mixed up.

But in some ways, they are interchangeable.

2:49PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

jw h, you are an idiot to the 10th degree....

2:37PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

ooops, Elizabeth, You got Scott Walker mixed up with Rick Scott, governor of Florida. Easy mistake to make, they are both douchebags.

8:48PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

Infuriating waste of money!

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