Just Think, She Has a Law Degree Too?
Magna cum laude too according to her bio…wow.
I had heard Kelda Roys was an idiot, but did she ever actually read the statutes or just kiss-ass her law professors at UW-Madison?
Democrats and their recall allies decry the law that has helped Gov. Scott Walker out-raise his opponents combined by $11 million dollars without regard to normal campaign contribution limits.
It’s an “outrageous loophole” and “unfair advantage” that lets Walker — in the words of state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, D-Madison — “operate in lawless fashion” like it’s the Wild West.
Indeed, in early 2012 Walker raised six times more than his four challengers and raised more than he spent in the entire 2010 election.
In regular elections, statewide candidates are limited to receiving $10,000 from individuals over their term in office. But for four and a half months — from when recall papers were filed to when the June 5 election was called — there were no limits on donations. Two people gave him $500,000 each, and two-thirds of his total came from out of state.
To help readers sort out the rhetoric around the issue, we decided to take a closer look at this provision in state law and how it came about.
First off, there’s nothing illegal about Walker’s actions — they are expressly permitted under a 1987 change in state campaign finance law.
Indeed, while Democrats have slammed the provision, the same state law also allows committees seeking the recall of an official to raise funds without worrying about the normal limits — and Democratic state senators facing recalls had the same chance in the summer of 2011.
“It’s offensive to say it’s a loophole. It’s a clear statute,” said Mike Wittenwyler, a Madison political law attorney. “If that’s a loophole, then the entire state statutes are a loophole.”
The decision from PolitiFACT Wisconsin is quite informative. You find out the law allowing for unlimited donations to candidates under recall wasn’t created in a “lawless” vacuum as the once and future NARAL attorney believes. In fact, you find out that it was put in the 1987 state budget…BY DEMOCRATS.
The other important thing about that budget, it was Tommy Thompson’s first as governor of Wisconsin.
Perhaps the next time Democrats are upset about the money Walker has, they’ll have to dig up the corpses of state legislators from 25 years ago and yell at them.