Thursday, January 25, 2018

UPDATE. Advantage, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks: Money talks in more ways than one.

Apparently, the Trump effect has reached the WI DNR board.

DNR won't get blanket OK for off-road motor vehicles among campers, hikers, skiers.  (, 1/25/2018)
If the board had granted the DNR request for an overall exemption from those rule provisions, the move could have jeopardized millions of dollars in donations and volunteer labor it receives from the Friends of the Wisconsin State Parks and 80 local friends groups

All of a sudden, those campaign contributions from DNR board members are chickenfeed compared to the support of volunteer friends groups.

Original 1/24/2018 post, "Pay-to-play the Wisconsin way (ATV edition)", starts here.

“The company has spent money in the Wisconsin state Capitol as well, reporting expenditures of $412,193 to lobby state government officials since 2009,” according to a recent article by Steven Verburg in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Photo credit:  Polaris

And now this.

A volunteer group that has raised millions of dollars for state parks said future donations may be jeopardized if the state Natural Resources Board allows parks to ignore a state administrative rule requiring the noise and disruption of off-road vehicles to be kept away from park areas where people are seeking a quiet and peaceful experience.

Related posts:
No fire sprinklers in small apartment buildings? It's called pay to play on a mammoth scale.  (12/10/2017)
Utilities and power cooperatives dig deep to pay to play in Wisconsin.  (11/7/2017)
Dynamic Recycling CEO Miles Harter donates $3,075 to GOP candidates, company will get up to $535,000 in state income tax credits.  (8/14/2017)
All told, the Kerns have donated nearly $400,000 to Republican and conservative candidates.  (8/14/2017)
Scott Walker lets Fiserv piggyback onto Foxconn legislation.  (8/1/2017)
Wisconsin DNR: Pay to play trumps your tax dollars.  (5/22/2017)
Concerning Rebecca Bradley: Meet some of the Wisconsin voters who would be disenfranchised by recusal rules.  (4/20/2017)
Pay to play the high-capacity well, Wisconsin Assembly Agriculture Committee way.  (3/24/2017)
Scott Walker and his for-profit college, pay-to-play buddies.  (2/10/2017)
Wisconsin is open for pay to play.  (2/3/2017)

In addition to $750,000 to Club for Growth, Harold Simmons donated $10,000 to Scott Walker.  (9/14/2016)
Developer finds that 'pay to play' costs more than $72,844.92.  (2/12/2016)
Meet the disingenuous Rob Brooks (R-Saukville).  (1/13/2016)

Wingra Stone looks for a return on its capitol investment.  (12/17/2015)
For sale: 1 state senator, 1 state representative.  (12/8/2015)
UPDATE. Sorry, Tim Geoghegan, a total of $11,750 in donations is not a "bunch of bull".  (10/25/2015) 
CAFOnated pay to play adds $84,000 to Scott Walker's campaign fund in 2011.  (10/7/2015)
Pay to play the payday way.  (7/5/2015)
From the pay-to-play archives: Grebe Pere, Grebe Fils.  (5/23/2015)

Appleton Post-Crescent Editorial Board All But Puts a Dunce Cap on the Head of Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc).  (1/24/2014)

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