South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley — who proudly declares herself to be the nation’s most ardent “union buster” — is campaigning today with embattled Gov. Scott Walker.

There’s no question that the governor has a penchant for importing campaign strategies, ideas, money and supporters. It has been widely reported that he is getting the majority of his campaign money from billionaires and millionaires in Texas and other distant states.

But now he’s importing “grass-roots” support.

With the help of the Republican National Committee, Walker has finally found an army of volunteers for his campaign ... in Illinois.

And Iowa. And Indiana. And Michigan. And Minnesota.

On the heals of the news that the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity is inviting Illinoisans to bus across the state line to work for Walker comes the news that the RNC is urging Republicans from other states to “make calls directly from home to voters in Wisconsin.”

Declaring that it is “absolutely critical that all Republicans join together in supporting Gov. Scott Walker,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus promised prizes and a personal call from the chairman (woohoo!) to volunteers from other states who spend their weekend calling Wisconsin voters.

“In Indiana, we understand that victory in Wisconsin is a victory for taxpayers and freedom of choice over selfish special-interest groups,” says Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb, who joined chairs of other state parties in asking Republicans from their states to try to influence Wisconsin.

Walker has for more than a year claimed that Wisconsin political processes are being threatened by out-of-state agitators.

Turns out he is right.

The governor whose latest campaign finance report shows that 70 percent of his money is coming from outside Wisconsin is now relying on “volunteers” from outside Wisconsin.

Fortunately, the voting on June 5 will be done by Wisconsinites. 

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Siboney

I was reaching for news about the recall election of Gov.Walker and came to the Wisconsin State Journal. What I really found was a nest of vitriolic Democrats spewing hate and resentment against an honest governor who only wants to bring some honesty and economic good sense to the State of Wisconsin. Unions have lost any credibility in this battle for taking the money of workers of the nation to promote the political campaings of the Democrat Party.It is a pity that a newspaper like the Wisconsin State Journal has become a propaganda leaflet of the Democrat party and president Obama. I hope the people of Wisconsin will keep Gov. Walker electing him again to finish the good job he is doing in the State of Wisconsin.Best wishes for Gov., Walker and the people of Wisconsin, from the American Cuban community of Miami, Florida.

Lukababy
Lukababy

Walker being bought by Big Guns, Wall Street,Koch Brothers, Karl Roves group,Big Time Bucks, Walker for Rich,the hell with Middle Class and the Hard Working people of Wisconsin,Union Buster,he can not be trusted he continually lies,,Walker is a puppet for the rich.Paul Ryan is becoming a liar too.Two peas in a pod.It is always giving big tax breaks to the Rich,Corps's etc. and it is the middle class and the poor paying for it..Trickle economics does not work.What is not to understand about that.to them it is all about Wealth and Greed.God forgive them.

DaTruth
DaTruth

De-fund WEAC - fire a public school teacher.

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geo_

Serial rapist???, when was he charged with those crimes. Now the Koch Bros. there are the serial murders.

Maerzie
Maerzie

Yes, HOPEFULLY all the voting will be done by legitimate Wisconsin residents, but I don't put ANYTHING past the slimy, lying, degenerate Republican loser "governor"! I can't believe he was raised by a minister because he has gone absolutely the opposite of any religious teachings already! Remember when Al Gore won the presidency?? Enough money seems to be able to buy anyone and anything that doesn't have a conscience! And he obviously has an unlimited supply of money that could have built a grand hospital or school. Desperate, crooked people find ways to do anything to get their own way!

Oscar
Oscar

Even if you were a staunch republican, a radical conservative, you would have to question why out of state folks are concerned with your election. Why would a plumbing supply contractor from Missouri donate $250,000 to your cause? Whether walker or Barrett wins, less than $100 will change on your property taxes. You would have to question why an election is worth dividing your state, pitting neighbor against neighbor. That is of course, if you had any integrity. It must be a rule that repubs don't have integrity or honor, that is why they support a criminal as governor, an attorney general who doesn't do his job, DNR ex-legislators who drop prosecution against faithful contributors, etc.

tomtom33
tomtom33

Public employee unions are a huge problem nationwide. I am not surprised in the least at the national interest.

tebriel

Tomtom, are you still here? I'm surprised you've figured out how to stay breathing this long.

GoldBeachBiker

Behold, peoples of the Peoples Republic of Madison, witness the end of progressivism this coming Tuesday! Walker projected to win in latest poll by EIGHT! Your state is now in play, Wisconsinites; Make us all proud. ROMNEY in November! Obama out.

noteaforme

Hey there, "1Percent," how about learning how to spell before you start posting? If Walker wants to bring in help from Illinois, I have no problem with it, but then I don't want to hear him, complaining about union help coming in on the other side.

midwestguy

This is part of his plan, to create a national network that validates his own agenda while undermining the middle and lower class through repressive programs which continue and expand the existing divide of wealth. A 65% or higher turnout by dems this Tuesday will be enough to send him packing for his imminent indictment preparations.

johntom

Whoa! Forgive me for being condescending but you're sounding a bit like a tin foil wearing loony there midwestguy.Just how many rich people do you think live in this state? Even if there were anything to gain by forwarding this "agenda" you perceive, how could he ever get elected again if he succeeded?

johntom

Maybe a little off topic but SEIU (aka Wisconsin Jobs Now) with a ton of out of state workers have been part of this huge get out the vote effort. I just saw the numbers as of yesterday. In Milwaukee and Madison combined, only 16,000 votes have been cast. Walker won in 2010 by over 124,000 votes. Barrett got 150,000 and 210,000 votes from Milwaukee and Dane counties respectively.

Sure, they have today and tomorrow but 16,000 from the two biggest cities in the state? This has to be a huge disappointment.

Roundtable
Roundtable

This is a good time to have either voice mail or an answering machine,or better yet an unpublished number. I always thought the Republicans were against this type of campaigning. My, how times have changed. Or they did an in-house poll that they don't want to publicize.

johntom

I think someone needs to define the word agitator. I haven't seen any clips of conservatives climbing through the windows of the capitol. If the gripe is that the Republican party brought in out-of-state help, all I can say is... yawn.

The Democratic party has brought in a tremendous ground game from all over the country. Good job! You're very well organized. It is a very impressive operation and there's nothing illegal or unfair about it.

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johntom

Need some more tin foil over here...

dante

I don't have millions of dollars to donate to Walker. I don't have buses to ship in outside agitators/canvassers/"volunteers". I don't have my own SuperPAC that can run millions of advertisements against Barrett. I don't have a political crony job where I can invent jobs numbers out of thin air that *magically* help Walker. I don't run the state's biggest newspaper (which received more money in advertising from Walker's group than Barrett's) so I can't endorse a candidate even after spending the last 18 months arguing against everything that he's done.

What I do have is my vote, and my time, both of which are going to Barrett. I've canvassed for the first time in my life, I've talked to friends and family about the situation, and I'll be spending my time this weekend on a get-out-the-vote campaign.

AdiosScott
AdiosScott

Any truth to the rumor that the fancy, painted busses were delayed at the state line to be processed through a spell check? You don't suppose?........No........They couldn't have miss-spelled June this time could they?

The1PercentMajority

After Walker wins next week, are you going to do another recall :)

No, but searously...would accept a win by Walker or try to recall again if that was an option?

windy33

sounds like a little fear of losing on the walker side

dante

Just a little bit, don't you think?

racedog48

After POOPER tom crash and burn last night the fear is in his campaign

Liberalsmakesense

Windy despite the bold face they like to show, they are downright terrified at REAL prospects of Walker being botted! And its gonna happen!

tomtom33
tomtom33

We'll see who is terrified next week. The Dem money has already voted and walked.

TopOfCenter
TopOfCenter

I think Fanlund, Nichols, et. al. are just miffed the DNC is doing nothing to support Mayor Barrett.

MadCityYokal

Yes, yes, Bill Clinton is supporting Barrett in Milwaukee today, and yes, Citizen's United is also bringing in out-of-state-bucks through the Unions as well . . . However . . . we have seen NOTHING like the National Tea Party Agenda (via Millionaires) just gushing and cooing and giving out-of-state-money to Governor Walker (31 Million!!!!!). This is unprecedented and is DE-voicing the vast majority of us Non-Union and Non-Corporation-Owners, i.e., the working middle-class of Wisconsin. Unless we come out of vote on Tuesday and then overturn Citizen's United (meaning 36 or 38 states must vote to dump it to be removed from as a constitutional amendment), the vast majority of us, the middle-class, will continue to be steam-rolled over.
I want my state, Wisconsin, back and you should too!

GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN
GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN

Bend over and breathe through your mouth, this, too, shall pass.

It is only a test of your good faith in good government.

Must be tough iside the tofu curtain. I feel your pain.

Woof!!!.

MadCityYokal

I am not a Good Dog and you shouldn't be either. I am also not living in a "Tofu Curtain." And if you are not feeling any pain, you are not keeping track of what is happening.
When did running our democracy become the soul responsibility of government officials? Last time I checked, this is our democracy and our government.
Time to be a "Bad Dog" and take a little responsibility. Complacency is only going to get us into a greater mess.
I am not waiting for jack and nor should you.

johntom

Wait a minute...you're not from Wisconsin? Sorry, apparently you have no right to comment, contribute, or cooperate in any regard to this election.

The1PercentMajority

So what’s the problem? Are you mad that the dem party/supporters are not backing Barret or that the Rep party/supporters are supporting Walker? There has always been out of state money. What would be your viewpoint if Barret got same or better $$ support from out of state? Would you be OK with that or tell Barret to turn down the money? Here is my prediction…Barret would accept 100% of any out of state money with a big smile…please disagree with me!
How soon you forget that most of the record $40+ million spent during the not so long ago recall elections for WI senators came from out of state…both sides.
Libs must be living in a parallel universe built under hypocrisy and illusions.

len kivi

If this is how the republican party likes to opperate,I hope they NEVER again take over the White House!!!! I have yet to see any republican repudiate what walker and his gang are doing to the people of Wisconsin!!

bookman21
bookman21

All the grassroots the sons of birchers can buy.

JBANK

Those rascally Republicans have figured out how to play our games. What's next? Smokes for votes. Oh, wait. That's our idea too. What about a free meal to vote. Dang it. We already offer that one too.

Wis_taxpayer
Wis_taxpayer

Funny how the repubs whining about the dems using out-of-state people are now complacent about Walker using out-of-state people…. The hypocrisy is running thick. This is why Walker will lose June 5th the lies, the hiring of felons, the out-of-state money and fake grass roots momentum. Bus all the people in from out-of-state and see how many vote for Walker…… oh that’s right, that would be voter fraud! I guess the repubs don’t mind voter fraud if it gets their candidate in office.

tomtom33
tomtom33

Never fear, reality arrives next week.

The1PercentMajority

If you don't want voter fraud, then why are you againt picture ID? You'rrrrrrrrr the hypocrite!
Nevermind that you need a picture ID to *** register *** to vote. But if you ask to see the ID when voting, then your infringing on the voter rights....hypocrite!

tomtom33
tomtom33

The Dem out-of-State agitators want to spend their time where they have a chance to win. They have written off Wisconsin.

TheJudoon
TheJudoon

When the people of your own state don't support you, bus them in from outside.
Classic Walker.

PapaLorax

when out of state people are asking 'what can I do'...accept their help

geo_

Disgraced ex-president, Bush the president who's policies trashed the economy and who's been indicted for war crimes isn't coming here to support Barrett.

Maerzie
Maerzie

The press never followed up on Bush and Condoleeza, and all their trips together to the ranch "on business", even AFTER she had her "Freudian Slip" and called Bush, "My husband", but, of course, they were Republicans. Sort of a MAJOR slip for an old maid, who has never even HAD a "husband", but it rolled off her tongue very easily!

nolie

Disgraced ex-President, Maryland governor, head of the DNC, union thugs and anarchists -that's the roll call of the Democrat out-of-state agitators.

Maerzie
Maerzie

The only disgrace for President Clinton is that he didn't father several black children by his slave woman, like Republican President Thomas jefferson, before the press decided to start getting their noses into the private life of presidents! Republicans were simply jealous of Clinton because their sex lives are obviously very plain and boring!

jd33

Nobody was brought in from out of state on the democrat side of the issue. Right??

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