WI Senator Announces He Won’t Self-Finance Re-Election Campaign

Greenbay Press Gazette: “When Sen. Ron Johnson seeks re-election in 2016, don’t look for the Wisconsin Republican to open his own checkbook this time around.

“Johnson contributed $8.8 million of his own money in 2010, according to campaign-finance data kept by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. There is currently about $670,000 in his campaign account.

“To put Johnson’s wealth in perspective, he is ranked 30th on CQ Roll Call’s list of wealthiest members of Congress and has a net worth estimated at $13.52 million.”

WI: Employees of Bidding Team among Four Finalists for Lucrative Contract Gave over $10K to Gov

The Capital Times: “A development group headed by T. Wall Enterprises is among the four finalists selected for the purchase and redevelopment of the Hill Farms property.

“T. Wall is part of a bidding team that includes Potter Lawson Architects of Madison and Miron Construction of Neenah for the largest public real estate project in Wisconsin since the Miller Park baseball stadium.”

“The Walker administration has been seeking a private developer to purchase the Hill Farms site and construct a $197 million, 600,000-square-foot office complex with 2,500 parking spaces to replace the current Wisconsin Department of Transportation building.”

“Records show that Terrence Wall of T. Wall Enterprises gave $9,975 to the Friends of Scott Walker on Oct. 25.”

“Records also show that David Voss, project executive with Miron Construction, gave $2,500 to Walker on Oct. 14, the day after the RFP was posted.

“Records also show that Eric Lawson, CEO of Potter Lawson, gave $1,000 to Walker on Oct. 24.”

WI DoT Proposes Fee on Electric Cars to Fund Road-Building, Industry Contributed Nearly $1M to Walker, Legislators

Product Design & Development (AP): “The $50 annual charge, which would raise about $4 million a year, is part of $751 million in new taxes and fees proposed Friday by Walker’s Department of Transportation to pay for road projects. Walker hasn’t commented specifically on the proposal, which he can alter before releasing his state budget early next year. The budget then goes to the Legislature for consideration.”

“The road building lobby is one of the most powerful in the Legislature.

“Walker received nearly $731,000 in campaign contributions from road builders between 2011 and July 28, according to a tally by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Members of the current Legislature accepted nearly $300,000 from road builders over the same period.”