Newt’s billionaire backer now supporting Walker against recall

By David Ferguson
Friday, May 18, 2012 11:16 EDT
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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Image via AFP.
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Billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, once the primary source of funding for the now-defunct presidential campaign of former Speaker of the House Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA), is now a major financial backer of embattled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) in his fight to keep his seat in a recall election against former Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, according to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)’s website.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that as of the end of April, Adelson had donated a total of $250,000 to the effort to keep Walker in office.  Adelson and his wife contributed more than $17.5 million to the campaign of Newt Gingrich, who dropped out of the race on May 2.

As of May 1, Walker had raised a total of $13 million, putting him on a par with some Republican presidential candidates.  Mother Jones reported that a quirk in Wisconsin election law regarding recalls allows officials like Walker who are targeted by a recall to rake in unlimited sums of money.  Democrats were forced to adhere to normal campaign finance rules, which cap donations to gubernatorial candidates at $10,000.

Currently, Walker is six points ahead of Barrett, his Democratic challenger, in a poll cited by ABC News, 50-44.  Voting in Wisconsin’s recall election takes place June 5.

(Hat-tip to Americablog)

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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