Wisconsin paid $4 million for tiny airport for Republican mega-donor’s golf course
While the rest of Wisconsin’s road infrastructure “crumbled,” state Republicans quietly approved $4 million in repairs to a tiny airport near a golf course owned by a Republican “mega-donor.”
According to the Associated Press, Sand Valley Golf Resort developer Michael Keiser donated $25,000 to the state’s Republican Party earlier this year. Soon after, the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee approved the $4 million repairs to the golf resort’s diminutive airport.
The report also said that the donation came “three weeks after Gov. Scott Walker (R) released his budget without funding for Wisconsin Rapids’ Alexander Field [airport].”
“It sure looks like Mr. Keiser’s campaign contributions to Scott Walker and Republicans teed up millions in taxpayer-funded improvements to help bring corporate jet ferried golfers to his Wisconsin courses,” Mike Browne, as spokesman for liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, told AP. “Meanwhile the rest of us will continue to have to deal with crumbling roads and bridges and delayed projects as these same Republicans take a budget mulligan and refuse to fix the state transportation funding crisis.”
Keiser has donated “at least $65,000 to Walker and Wisconsin Republicans since 2012,” the report continued.