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Democratic Corruption Lives On

It looks like the Democrats all love Thompson these days. They rightly argue she should be compensated for being the fall girl for Governor Doyle. The only thing I regret is its not Doyle who is reimbursing her for her troubles. It was Doyle taking bribes from a Wisconsin business that started the whole Thompson fiasco to begin with. When push came to shove he did not take responsibility and instead told the public it was a case of an overzealous state worker. Shame on you Jim Doyle, shame on you.

Now, it looks like Troha‘s charge is being watered down. Troha illegally gave $100,000 to Doyle’s reelection bid for casino expansion. It seems to me that Doyle and his corrupt political machine are the big winners here. It will be more difficult than ever to hold Democrats and their lobbiest accountable to the people.

Well, it looks like Doyle’s winning this one too.

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4 responses to “Democratic Corruption Lives On

  1. xoff

    You write: “It was Doyle taking bribes from a Wisconsin business that started the whole Thompson fiasco to begin with.”

    Strong stuff. But there is no suggestion, even by Steven Bislupic, that Doyle did anyhing wrong. And if he had the tiniest shred of evidence, you can bet there would have been a pre-election indictment and maybe even a show trial.

  2. Xoff,

    Are you saying that Doyle did not receive $1000 from Adelmann travel before and after the contract? Next you’ll be telling me he received no money from Troha.

    In my world that is bribery and extortion. Yes, I would consider that wrong. I actually call it a crime against the people.

  3. Tim Roth

    This issue is yet another clear signal that we need comprehensive campaign finance reform. While I don’t follow state politics as closely as I would like to, I get the general sense that Doyle has stayed within the boundaries of a very questionable system. Like Xoff said: Bislupic clearly would have put Doyle on trial if he could have. After all, he was stretched the law enough to build a case against Georgia Thompson that was “beyond thin”.

    So, let’s change the system by taking away the need for $100,000 campaign donations. Instead of putting limits on how much people and companies can donate, let’s just limit the length of the election season. This would create a uniform restriction on all parties involved. It would be useless to build these huge campaign warchests if there simply wasn’t enough time to spend all that money.

    Plus, it would mean politicians running for re-election would have more time for other activities: one activity that comes to mind is actually doing the job they were elected to do!

  4. Tim,
    I agree we need Campaign Finance Reform. However, I do reject the politician as victim in some corrupt system. The system is corrupt because the politicians are. What CFR will do is bring in those that care about the business of the people not necessarily make those there less corruptible.
    I separate crimes against the state from crimes against the people. While he may have walked a fine line as the state is concerned he crosses it regularly as far as the people.
    Doyle consistently extorts money from lobbiest and accepts large bribes. Those are serious crimes in my book. And for the record this money of Doyle’s is not necessarily for reelection but doing the ongoing business of the state.
    WI used to have a law in which businesses and corporations loss their right to do business in the state and their corporation status for what Troha did. On the other end the politician was removed from office or treated less favorable.
    Yes, we need CFR but that in itself won’t change the criminal element. We need tough laws that make bribery a crime.
    The WI citizens pay 300% more in energy today because Doyle has accepted thousands of dollars from energy companies. The PSC, once of a citizen advocacy commission, but now is directly controlled by those its designed to protect us from.

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