The battle between grassroots organizing and big corporate money is heating up in Wisconsin

The battle between grassroots organizing and big corporate money is heating up in Wisconsin

A new poll by Marquette Law School shows Governor Scott Walker and likely Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett, in a dead heat among registered voters in the upcoming recall election. The poll shows Walker losing popularity among voters as his numbers have declined each month since January.

At the same time – Walker has dumped millions into TV advertising and announced that he raised a mind-boggling $13 million for his campaign in just three months. Most of that money comes from fundraising trips Walker has taken to New York and Texas to collect checks from out-of-state banksters and oil barons.

But so far – the big cash haul isn’t helping Walker – which is a promising sign for “we the people” heading into a multi-billion dollar general election this year. As long as working people stay organized, get active, and vote – then it doesn’t matter how much the billionaires spend. They still just have one vote – and there’s a lot more of us than there are of them.

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Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 2 years 47 weeks ago
#1

As if voting really mattered anymore...but it would be sending a very strong message that money won't buy everything...and that the people are not myopic couch potatoes who watch Faux News.

historywriter's picture
historywriter 2 years 47 weeks ago
#2

And that they can be taken down one at a time. Don't give up.

jhomiak1's picture
jhomiak1 2 years 47 weeks ago
#3

It is now the time that we the people take charge of where the government is going and what they are doing. In the years to come we have to change the supreme court back to something that is in line with what most Americans think. Tax laws are unfair to we the people. Wake up America and show the top 1% that we will no longer let the congress and courts dictate our future. Ever since Ronald Raegan we have been going down hill financially in the middle class. The only hope was a brief time that Clinton was in office and balanced the budget. I was hopeful until we elected the faux cowboy and things really got worse.

GWB had Osama Bin Laden and left him go. He had him surrounded but wouldn't get him because he wouldn't have the boogyman to start the phony war in Iraq. Please wake up America and elect politicians that will do something good for the middle class before their isn't one. The enemy is the purchased by the top 1%.

A really concerned Citizen and small business owner.

SteveS's picture
SteveS 2 years 47 weeks ago
#4

I don't know who will win, but I'm working against Walker as I have been since mid-November of last year when I started collecting recall signatures in Waukesha, Brookfield, and other places in southeastern Wisconsin. This election will tell a lot about money vs. a determined, hard-working group of volunteers. Win or lose, I'll be working against Citizen's United and money in politics from now on.

Elioflight's picture
Elioflight 2 years 47 weeks ago
#5

Here's an article by Stephen King not to be missed:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/30/stephen-king-tax-me-for...

Clarissa Smith's picture
Clarissa Smith 2 years 47 weeks ago
#6
Quote Palindromedary:As if voting really mattered anymore...
If you feel like the president was the actual power, plus consider president Obama none-progressive, you might be right. But if you concentrate on the idea to re-orchestrate Congress liberally, it matters a lot! Although, if this poll here is on the level.....
Quote Thom and Louise Hartmann:Scott Walker and likely Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett, in a dead heat
.....it irritates me a lot. Because I considered 'draw' impossible after Wisconsinites saw what they voted in during the midterms. In case Americans should be neurotically trapped in voting Republican, come what may...... Then, yes then you might be right and it wouldn't matter anymore. But I'm rather optimistic.

I just hope Americans learn it this year. Total liberal majority in Congress could really change America. I think president Obama would be happier with something like that. I heard someone, who knew the president personally, say in Bill Press' show, "Obama is a deal-maker, but I think at heart he is a convinced liberal."

Whatsoever, Congress has the power and matters. Even the present divided Congress matters, for the voter did cast it. We have to accept the consequences. Coming November is going to be our great chance to make a progressive difference that might matter a lot more....

Cliff Schrock's picture
Cliff Schrock 2 years 47 weeks ago
#7

It would be a real shame if the money were able to influence the low-information-voters and Walker survived the vote. Having lived in the 50's, 60's, 70's, I was able to attend school and college, support a family, and live pretty well. Most of the population does not have that experience as a frame of reference from which to judge the suitability of a government for the people, verse a government that protects the rich 1-2% (I got mine, the heck with you). Part of the issue is of course, the enormous sums of money the 1-2% and corporations are able to put forth, again to sway those less capable of reasoned thinking. I think Wisconsin may eject Walker and his types in spite of the money, but what we need is a mass ejection in November. ime to take our country and what it used to stand for back!

Tomm, best to both you and your wife Louise and her struggle with the C. Was good to hear her back at work today.

Clarissa Smith's picture
Clarissa Smith 2 years 47 weeks ago
#8

Yikes, posted twice....

adikarya's picture
adikarya 2 years 46 weeks ago
#9

Sometimes it seems that voting leads to no better result. However, I think that Scott Walker proves this wrong. Each local Madison, WI election is now on my schedule. I will be out to vote! There is an election tomorrow! I also think its important to discuss student loans with regards to the limits imposed (years to receive pell & amount received for a bachelor's) as some students were young and dumb but need to go back and get a real bachelor's degree with federal aid, get into a real career, and contribute back into the commons! (Can you tell this is my situation up a creek with no paddle, lol)

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