NYT: Wisconsin: Railroad Chief Made Illegal Donations

April 12, 2011- A railroad executive accused of illegally donating to Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign said Monday that he would plead guilty but did not realize he had done anything wrong when he asked employees to donate tens of thousands of dollars and then reimbursed them. William Gardner, chief executive of the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company, faced a maximum of seven years in prison and $20,000 in fines, but prosecutors agreed to recommend thathe serve two years on probation.

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