Stop the Sweetheart Deal for GOP Lobby Shop
A small WI GOP lobby shop tied to the Tea Party and David Koch's Americans for Prosperity, and which was active in the state's recent recall elections, was awarded $500,000 in taxpayer dollars in what some are calling a backdoor, sweetheart deal cooked up by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) State Chair, outgoing Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder.
The United Sportsmen of Wisconsin was the only applicant for a newly-created grant to promote hunting, fishing, and trapping in the state, despite the organization having no record in outdoors training. The grant was slipped into the budget bill by Suder and barely advertised, and other outdoors groups with more experience in the area were largely excluded.
Suder announced last week he would be leaving the Assembly for a higher-paying job in the Walker administration. The grant, if approved by a panel reviewing the application on Thursday, August 29, 2013, will go almost entirely towards paying the salaries of United Sportsmen's staff and consultants -- including potentially Luke Hilgemann, Suder's former Chief of Staff and now Chief Operating Officer of the national Americans for Prosperity. Read our full story here.
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