Walker’s talk with “David Koch” – actually Ian Murphy, editor of BuffaloBeast.com – is certainly a distraction as he tries to stare down minority Democratic lawmakers hiding out across the state line in order to avoid a vote on Walker’s bill to fix what he calls the state’s budgetary crisis. And it’s “suspicions confirmed” for critics who charge that the governor’s agenda goes well beyond budget reform to union busting.
But did that friendly chat with the man he thought was David Koch break or skirt laws having to do with campaign finance and special favors for political allies?
“If Wisconsin law forbids coordination with political donors similar to federal law, Gov. Scott Walker is not just in political trouble, but in legal hot water,” said David Donnelly, national campaigns director for the Public Campaign Action Fund, in a statement.
To raise the question itself is political. The Public Campaign Action Fund’s major donors are public employee unions and the liberal group MoveOn.org. Also, pro-union and other liberal causes certainly have their financial angels as well – billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros, for example.