Reince Priebus, Scott Walker and WEDC Corruption

Robert Miranda, Editor: Wisconsin Spanish Journal

November 3, 2015

Reince Priebus is currently Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). In recent days, he has faced pressure from within his party. Most of his critics come from supporters of the GOP presidential candidates, who recently revolted against Priebus for not negotiating properly the questions that were asked at the recent CNBC GOP presidential debate. 

But that’s just part of the dilemma Priebus faces. It seems that, within GOP networks, the base is demanding answers to questions regarding questionable practices and highly suspect loans between Wisconsin Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and company CEOs who donated to Scott Walker’s gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. 

Indeed, Priebus does have a lot of explaining to do regarding Scott Walker and the corruption scandal at WEDC, where it has been demonstrated that donors to Walker’s 2010 gubernatorial  campaign received loans under highly suspect conditions and tax credits that netted no jobs being created, all this as Wisconsin’s position is plummeting in national job rankings, and economic growth failing. 

Current RNC Chair in Cahoots with Walker, Grebe & WEDC?

In 2010, Reince Priebus was the Chair of the Wisconsin GOP Party, as well as an attorney at the Michael Best Friederich law firm in Madison, Wisconsin. During this time, Priebus was instrumental in helping Walker and the GOP drum up piles of cash in what some say were the “Niagara Cash” days, pointing out that there was so much money coming to Walker and the Party for simply just having an audience with him. 

To be sure, one of the main duties of the state chair is fundraising for the Party, for Republican candidates and – of course — for the current failed presidential candidate, Gov. Walker. Priebus is also a protégé of Michael Grebe, CEO of the Bradley foundation, who has announced his retirement after the public failure and humiliation at the national level of the Scott Walker attempt to become President of the United States.

It should be no surprise that in mid-2011, there was a frenetic push for granting loans and tax credits to Walker donors. Hmmm…how did this come about? Well, It appears that Priebus should be questioned and go on the record as to whether or not he facilitated agreements or meetings with Michael Grebe and Scott Walker for donors to get WEDC loans and tax credits. In particular, Reince Priebus should show records that demonstrate:

1. Level of contact between him as Chair of the WI GOP and the donors who received WEDC loans and tax breaks and the context of those contacts.

2. Did he or Michael Best Friedrich sell access to Scott Walker under the pretense of legal services or lobbying? What were the services rendered?

3. After January 1, 2011, what level of contact did Reince Priebus and the donors have?

It would be nice if those logs listing who visited the governor’s mansion were found. But I’m sure Reince Priebus isn’t all too thrilled in seeing them returned from wherever they are. 

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