MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report shows that high-speed rail opponent and Gov.-elect Scott Walker was the beneficiary of nearly half the money donated by road builders during the campaign.
The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign report released Monday shows the Republican Walker got 45 percent of the $188,000 in special interest group donations given to all candidates during the election cycle.
Walker got more than $109,000 between January 2009 and Aug. 30.
The Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association also gave the Republican Governors Association $25,000. That group ran ads attacking Walker’s Democratic opponent Tom Barrett.
The $85,000 Walker got from road builder groups dwarfed the $11,250 given to Barrett.
Walker campaigned on the promise that he would stop the federal high-speed rail project in Wisconsin and instead push for that $810 million to be spent on roads.