In 2010, Koch's political action committee gave Governor Walker's campaign $43,000 it's second largest contribution. So what? Well, to save money, the Governor's controversial budget bill would allow the state to "sell any state-owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without the solicitation of bids."
Critics say no-bids could mean some sweet deals for Koch.
Oh my, we got ourselves quite a tail-wagging going on in Wisconsin. You are thinking, what? This is about collective bargaining and workers' rights!
Bullshit. You are being wagged.
As always this has to do with money, and the union "compromise" coming down the pipe was set up to be the "booby" prize while the Koch Brothers get their "booty" prize. This is all being well-orchestrated with an end game that has absolutely nothing to do with unions.
As I said in comments before, to much bewilderment, this is about power plants and a vertical monopoly the Koch Brothers have their eye on in Wisconsin.
So in short:
1) Koch Brothers get their puppet Governor Walker in power
2) Governor Walker gins up a crisis
3) Democrats and Progressives take the bait and counter-protest on collective bargaining
4) Governor Walker will compromise on collective bargaining if the rest of the budget is passed as is
5) Bill passes, with trojan horse give-a-way to the Koch Brothers nested in
6) Koch Brothers will buy Wisconsin state-owned power plants for pennies on the dollar in closed unsolicitated bids for which there will be no oversight
7) Koch Brothers get the best vertical monopoly in a generation.
Motherjones Excerpt (Andy Kroll)
Now here is where it gets tricky. Right now everyone thinks this is about collective bargaining and the rights of the worker, especially to assemble.
This is what these two Kochs want you to think. See, they are ginning up a great big whole controversy to hide something deep in the bill that they think no one will notice.
See, Governor Walker is going to back down on collective bargaining at the end of the day, if the Democrats will just "compromise" and pass the rest of the budget as is. The Democratic Party will view it as a success in policy and Progressives the land over will be doing a victory dance. The Kochs will be laughing at you all, because they just played y'all like a fiddle.
Even without those suspicions, this whole bill is a pig. It has everything thrown in it to see what they can get away with. Union busting, anti-gay legislation, selling state run infrastructure, no bid contracts, Medicaid take aways, BadgerCare, SeniorCare, pension raiding, cronyism, the dictator clause, by-passing of the legislature....what else haven't we seen?
Yet, Walker and the Koch Bros. couldn't pull this off without more help. Not just from state GOP legislators but with planning months before the election from others buried within the GOP borg. Most notiably, Rep. Paul Ryan and Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks.
This is all scary but it makes an awful lot of sense. If true, Scott Walker could be the most conniving if not corrupt governor in the history of Wisconsin.
Additional: More evidence available here.