-Blogged by justdafacts on the Daily Kos
August 1, 2011- New justdafacts research has uncovered documents showing that Americans for Prosperity, the Republican party auxiliary operation funded by billionaire heirs Charles and David Koch that was accused yesterday of voter suppression in Wisconsin’s recall elections, spent at least $1.3 million on Wisconsin political activities clearing a path in the years leading to the 2010 Republican takeover of the state’s legislature and Scott Walker's gubernatorial win.
The Koch brothers closely guard details of the $60 million Americans for Prosperity and its foundation raised and spent to benefit the Republican party in recent years. Unlike the political party organizations and candidate campaigns that Americans for Prosperity mimics, the Koch brothers’ group does not disclose its contributors or expenditures, hiding behind IRS section 501(c)3 and 4 nonprofit designations intended for educational institutions and advocacy organizations not directly engaged in influencing elections.
Previous news reports identified $43,000 in Koch contributions to Scott Walker and a $1 million Koch contribution to the Republican Governor’s Association, which paid for advertisements attacking Walker’s Democratic opponent and supporting Walker’s campaign last year.
But my new research uncovers $1.3 million in additional Koch political expenditures targeting Wisconsin. The expenditures were listed in independent audits that Americans for Prosperity was required to submit to at least one state’s charity disclosure database, breaking down the Koch group’s annual expenditures state by state. (see data with links below) The audits provide no details of Americans for Prosperity’s Wisconsin expenditures, but a few months ago blogger Paul I. Tascoupe on PolitiScoop.com found pages and pages of AFP events all over Wisconsin, many with free food and entertainment, showcasing Scott Walker in the years leading up to his gubernatorial campaign….
In 2007, for instance, Mr. Walker was master of ceremonies at an Americans for Prosperity dinner with Newt Gingrich at the grand ballroom of the upscale Country Springs Hotel in neighboring Waukesha County. “Admission is free!” boasted the event flyer. Americans for Prosperity and the Club for Growth picked up the tab, while gifting the spotlight to the ambitious Mr. Walker. From a newspaper report at the time…
Before the event, attendees outside munched on grilled brats and listened to live accordion music. Red, white and blue balloons decorated the entrance and the large pink pig, “Ten Pence,” which visited U.S. Rep. David Obey’s district office earlier this week, was parked outside.
In 2008, Walker was front and center when Americans for Prosperity’s “Hot Air Tour & Tailgate for Taxpayers,” arrived in Wisconsin, and for three years in a row he was master of ceremonies at AFP Wisconsin’s “Defending the American Dream Summit,” to which Americans for Prosperity provided free transportation for followers from all corners of the state. What would an “Unlocking Consumerism” roundtable at the swank Wisconsin Club be without Scott Walker? Even my social media friend, Americans for Prosperity national policy director Phil Kerpen, flew out to join Scott Walker for an AFP event in Wisconsin. When AFP brought civil rights icon and conservative activist Roy Innis to testify in Madison against measures to reduce global warming and for private school vouchers, Scott Walker trecked to the capital to join him for breakfast with area black ministers.