Monday, February 11, 2013

Extortion Thy Name Is Vos

Is it still possible to be disgusted by the shady behavior of Robin Vos?

Daniel Bice at the Journal Sentinel wrote a column yesterday about Vos' the newest scheme in the pay-to-play world of Wisconsin GOP politics.

Maximizing donations from lobbyists by requiring asking them to personally cough up campaign contributions during the narrow window of permissible open contribution time.

Yes, it's not enough to have received cash directly from the Kochs, the DeVos' and the Waltons, Little Lord Pops-the-Corn wants employees to ante-up as well.

No tickee, no washee.

Why? So he can personally dole out contributions to cash-strapped GOP campaigns and secure gratitude and loyalty from the happy winners.

It's quasi-legal extortion in the 3rd dimension.

The Majority GOP Conduit has been around for many years and given out millions of dollars to GOP candidates - but asking individual lobbyists to contribute is a new twist of the arm - that is if you want to schedule a meeting with the new assembly speaker.