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Originally posted by Lemon.Fresh
reply to post by SirMike
I am still waiting for the proof that the sales of these plants will go straight to Koch.
Just more talking points from Daily Kos, amplified verbatim throughout Google.
The billionaire brothers whose political action committee gave Gov. Scott Walker $43,000 and helped fund a multi-million dollar attack ad campaign against his opponent during the 2010 gubernatorial election have quietly opened a lobbying office in Madison just off the Capitol Square.
The lobbyists for Koch Companies Public Sector registered with the state on January 5, two days after Walker's inauguration.
State-owned coal-fired power plants in Wisconsin:
Capitol Heat and Power
Mendota Mental Health Institute
UW-Madison Charter Street Heating Plant
Northern Wisconsin Center, Chippewa Falls
UW campuses: Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Platteville, River Falls, Stevens Point, Stout, Superior
Waupun Correctional Institution
Winnebago Mental Health Institute
SOURCE: State Department of Administration
The campus Charter Street Heating Plant (CSHP) delivers heating and cooling to the campus and also generates about 9 megawatts (MW) of electricity via a back pressure steam turbine generator that reduces the amount of electricity purchased from Madison Gas & Electric.
Northern Wisconsin Center (NWC) is a state operated intermediate care facility for persons with intellectual disabilities (FDD) that specializes in serving adults and children with developmental disabilities combined with mental illness and aggressive/challenging behaviors. NWC is a short-term treatment facility named the EXCEL Treatment Unit.
Now that the supreme court has ruled to allow corporations to contribute unlimited amounts to political campaigns, there is no difference between the two.
Quite to the contrary, there is a huge difference.
"By law," political action committees formed by unions are done so on a voluntary basis and there is no requirement imposed by the union that anyone participate in donating to the PAC. In my union, it was done via a "voluntary service charge check off system" where any employee wishing to participate voluntarily signed the authorization for 1/10 of 1% of their straight hourly wage to be deducted and forwarded to the PAC.
"By law," any worker could discontinue his contributions at any time he/she wished by simply withdrawing their PAC service charge authorization.
"By law," union "dues" cannot be utilized for political purposes by any union in this country. This is because of the fact that "all" union members pay "dues" and to utilize their dues for political purposes would mean that dues could be used to support a candidate that a dues paying member may or may not support. This is precisely why the law mandates that union PACs be funded on a voluntary basis.
Now, if you could be so kind as to explain just what legal safeguards are in place that would prevent a corporate CEO from donating unlimited amounts of money to the campaign of a politician against the will of some of it's shareholders, I would be forever grateful.
Please don't try to say that shareholders voices are heard via their proxies.
We both know that most proxies are voted by secondary corporations
who's business it is to vote shareholder proxies in a manner consistent with generating future profits for the parent corporation.
As someone who served for over 10 yrs. on the board of 4 benefit trust funds, I have extensive knowledge of precisely how these shareholder proxies are voted and I won't accept some lame explanation.
I'm not trying to imply that I'm in favor of PACs, quite the contrary, I have never supported the idea of PACs but that doesn't blind me to the fact that they were only formed out of the need to offset huge political donations coming in from corporations via their 501(c)(3) funnel organizations. If allowed to continue, money will always rule the day, just like the old saying goes; "Money Talks and Bull# Walks."
I firmly believe that all private donations to political campaigns should be outlawed along with all forms of paid lobbying. Furthermore, I believe that all political campaigns should be publicly funded and no one other than private individual voters of this nation should be allowed to redress their congressman with regards to their needs and concerns. Regardless of the supreme court ruling to the contrary, corporations are not born of a live birth and therefore, are not "people" and thus should not enjoy the same rights and privileges as people.
I also believe that government unions believe they can beat officials at the ballot box if they do not get what they want and they use this bully club to get want they want.
More than once I’ve been in a government office and was able to watch a lot of wasted time and not a whole lot of productivity. It appears to be the norm.
I believe that unions protect jobs, even if they are not needed.
Like business, government ought to run efficiently and it ought to control its labor costs, much as industry has to.