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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Upd Isthmus: Iron(y) Rails at Walker - Political Freight? PolitiScoop

Upd: Ed Show ... talking about it now ... cable 64 Charter!

Upd:  Some interesting points are made about meetings and timing (and money indirectly) between Walker and friends!  The entire article is interesting ... glad this story was first!!  Just imagine if  Van Hollen was not a Republican!  You would think the "rails" would be too hot to touch!

Emily's Post: Walker's contribution problem, Kitzinger speaks up Emily Mills on Tuesday 04/12/2011 

From the source:

What I didn’t know at the time, though, was that the complaint (which the press was only given as the conference was beginning) contains an interesting little tidbit of information that did not come up during the Q&A that followed the official GAB statement.
It reads: "The Friends of Scott Walker campaign provided records indicating that William Gardner met with the candidate Scott Walker on December 21, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Suites in Milwaukee." (see the full complaint and news release here)
A later email exchange also details a personal meeting that Gardner had with Walker at the Noodles in Madison on April 13, 2010. The GAB was contacted by Gardner’s disgruntled ex-girlfriend, Stacie Long, on April 19, 2010 and told of the potentially illegal campaign contributions.
Earlier post below -

The Politiscoop (4/12) delivers some real freight for thought! Click on Title!   This all may be good and useful but so would $810,000,000 for a high speed rail line!

from the source ... various ...
money laundering allegations involving campaign contributions by William Gardner and the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company (WSOR).
Governor Scott Walker today announced 11 state awards totaling $25,515,123 that will be used to construct freight rail-related facilities, and preserve and upgrade rail infrastructure as part of overall efforts to support job growth and Wisconsin’s economy. ...
Milwaukee Property Purchase:  WisDOT will be acquiring 3.61 miles of railroad track and corridor through the city of Milwaukee in Milwaukee County from the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR). The line will be acquired to preserve it for railroad use. WisDOT plans to provide 100 percent of the funding for the land, and 80 percent of the value of the track and improvements for a total WisDOT contribution of $2,200,000.
Bridge Rehabilitation and Replacement: The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) will receive a total of $3,647,149 in grant funds to cover 80 percent of costs for emergency rehabilitation and reconstruction work on system bridges in Rock, Dane and Green County. A WisDOT loan of $455,894 will also be provided to cover 10 percent of the project costs.

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