Sunday, May 17, 2015

From the Pay-to-Play Archives: The William Minihan-Scott Walker Connection

6 days before the election, William Minihan donated $10,000 to Scott Walker's campaign.

 For illustrative purposes only.  
(Do I have to add it's not a real document?)

Top Scott Walker aides pushed for questionable $500,000 WEDC loan.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 5/17/2015)
The extraordinary steps led the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. in 2011 to award a $500,000 unsecured loan to Building Committee Inc., owned by William Minahan, for a proposed project to retrofit bank and credit union buildings for energy efficiency.

In the interest of full disclosure, I offer evidence that the connections go every which way.
Minihan appears to have little concern for party affiliation.  He donated $10,000 to Democratic Governor Jim Doyle in June 2009.  Two month later, Doyle announced that he wasn't running for a third term, much to Minihan's annoyance, I suspect.

He also donated $16,150 to former Wisconsin State Senator Gary George (D-Milwaukee).  A total of 8 donations were made from 1993 until 2004.   George was convicted of a felony, conspiring to defraud the government, in 2004 and sentenced to 4 years in prison.

Don't expect things to change in our lifetime.

Related posts:
What's wrong with this Scott Walker headline?  (5/16/2015)
Chairman of the Board Scott Walker's BIG, BOLD idea.  (5/8/2015) 
Based on WEDC's previous track record, this is what came to mind when I saw first saw this headline.  (4/2/2015)
Apparently, being the CFO of WEDC is not much of a resume-builder.  (3/13/2015)
WEDC's revolving door.  (9/12/2014)
Here's how the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is "Reinventing Economic Development".  (8/24/2014) 
Company looks to expand its business geographic focus?  (8/14/2014)
Scott Walker and the horrible, terrible, no good, very transparent day.  (7/28/2014)
Kestrel Aircraft: All these incentives, but no construction, no jobs.  (7/13/2014)
The Eaton Corporation/WEDC timeline of shame.  (7/10/2014)
Wisconsin featured in report on privatized state economic development agencies.  (10/25/2013)
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation pledge: Following the money.  (7/23/2013)
Incompetence rewarded.  (5/9/2013)
And while we're at it, let's take a look at WEDC 's core values. (5/9/2013)
WEDC Public Information Officer Resigns After 1 Month on the Job.  (5/9/2013)
Plenty of time for messaging but none for fixing what ails WEDC.  (5/9/2013)
Previous WEDC audits?  What previous audits?  (5/8/2013)
Are you seeing a trend yet?  (5/8/2013)
Echoes.  (5/7/2013)
Get me rewrite.  (5/4/2013)
Legislative Audit Bureau Report on Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: The "Cliff Notes" Version.  (5/3/2013
"Tales of woe never end at WEDC."  (4/25/2013)
Enterprise Florida and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation share a lack of transparency.  (2/28/2013)

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