So we now know Governor Jim Doyle has shifted $1 million of his now-defunct campaign fund over to the Greater Wisconsin Committee, a political group intending to run television ads to smear Republicans in the upcoming fall election.
Perhaps as interesting as the fact that Doyle chose to use $1 million of his own money to trash either Scott Walker or Mark Neumann is the potential other options he had at his disposal.
Wisconsin Statute 11.19(1) governs how “residual” campaign funds can be spent:
Residual funds may be used for any political purpose not prohibited by law, returned to the donors in an amount not exceeding the original contribution, or donated to a charitable organization or the common school fund.
There you go – you can use the money for campaign stuff, give it back to the donors, give it to charity, or give it to schools. Given that list, you can easily see where Doyle’s priorities lie. Certainly can’t think of any charities that need help in a bad economy.
Remember when Doyle was so irate about the federal government not sending “Race to the Top” money to Wisconsin’s schools? Remember all his indignation about how desperately the state’s educational system needed an infusion of cash? Well, when given the chance to help out the common school fund, Jim Doyle turned his back on them and decided instead to spend his money on ads accusing Scott Walker of wanting women to get breast cancer.
On the bright side, school kids will still be using Wisconsin history books that were written before Doyle took office. Now they won’t be able to read about the time he chose partisan sleaze over hiring teachers.
Oh, and one last thing – up until now, the links between Doyle and Barrett have been circumstantial. (Obviously, Barrett has been pretending that he thinks this “Jim Doyle” is a character on “Jersey Shore.”) Think there’s a pretty direct link now?