Unions Spend $60 Million But Losing to Walker

Radical union operatives constantly spew the narrative that their opponents are all about big, special interest money and they’re standing up for the little guy. But behind closed doors union operatives spend jaw-dropping amounts of campaign cash to silence their political foes. Wisconsin is a perfect example, where more than $60 MILLION has now been spent in an attempt to defeat Scott Walker.

Led by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Service Employees International Union (SEI) and Wisconsin-based and other states’ teachers unions, their low-level attack is aimed at sinking Gov. Walker and his Republican majority in the Wisconsin Assembly, thus to reclaim power over how taxpayer dollars are spent.

The campaign seeks to dissemble facts and distract from – or rather, ignore — real issues, mainly fiscal. Put simply, unions want a return to golden oldie days when they, through their Democrat marionettes, pretty much ran things at the Capitol in Madison.

To win, vituperative anti-Walker forces are putting up an estimated $60 million in ad dollars, all derived from union brethren from all parts of America. Call this solidarity. Last year union activists unleashed 3,000 recall petition carriers across Wisconsin, apparently not content to await the next election.

That’s a stunning number and goes to show what an individual who wishes to scale back spending and the scope of government will be up against. Wisconsin voters, however, appear poised to defeat the unions and their big money warchest. If Barrett’s own internal polling, along with the more public numbers, are any indication of what is to come, the unions are in big trouble.

Independent polls show Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leading opponent Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by 6 to 7 points in the June 5 recall vote. So what’s the public to do with Barrett’s own data — polls (here and here) that show the recall is a statistical dead heat?

Veteran campaign staffers on the left and right will tell you Barrett’s internal polling suggests his campaign is dead.

Sometimes, the release of such internal polling is meant to bolster the sagging spirits of campaign staffers and volunteers looking into the oblivion of total defeat. I once worked on a campaign in which, days before election day, we field staffers were told that our last internal tracking poll had us tied with our opponent.

We were ecstatic. And then we lost by 8 points.

Granted, this recall race is still a toss-up. That said, if the unions win it won’t be as shocking as it they lose. That kind of well funded, coordinated attack on conservatives going down in brutal defeat will send shockwaves across America.

-Eric Odom

H/T: Doug Ross

  • matt

    Walker should send the unions a bill for the cost of the recall election after he wins

  • Rod Anderson

    Obama & his loser Union thugs are so in the past, but people think they are entitled to having everything giving to them. That is not how we became the greatest Nation on earth. It was by hard dedicated workers, not panhandling to corrupt politicians. If we are to rebuild America it starts with ousting Obama & his liberal thugs who are bent on giving away America. What that does I can,t figure, but it is clear Obama is doing just that. Unions just want goverment contracts so they can fill there pockets & to hell with the rest of the country. I will be so happy to see them all go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559562080 John Bellamy

    Your union dues at work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000383337077 Cheri Nunley Boltz

    Got both hands up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1321094772 Tim Lee

    walker is the winner….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1084075570 Tim Morris

    no more muscle, they are done

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1828883726 Jerome Griffin

    I’d be dancing in the ashes!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507404060 Carl R Gottstein Jr.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1307092277 Kelly Stanis

    Hope Obama knows that WE WILL PREVAIL!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1361492198 Linda Jones Jones

    LOL I’m such a nerd — I really raised my hand. Thank goodness I’m home alone!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001404811100 John Joseph Baruth

    I am praying for Wiscousin and God will prevail in showing the unions that “We the People” won’t take them spending money wrongly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1620551253 Diana Sommerman Franchak

    Imagine what a better place those unions would be, if they took all that money and used it on their people. Rather than trying to buy off politicians!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1044547282 Danny Helms

    Unions are one of the problems with this country. Nothing but mafia organizations!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=725555617 Dawn Dietsche

    We are in Wausau….thank you Gov. Walker for taking a stand and moving us forward!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000246968180 Duncan Webb

    I`ll rejoice on the day that America FINALLY declares it`s independence from the commucrats and talibanicans and elect truly nonpartisan governments at every level as the founders intended.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002909143288 Ron Lindsey

    PTL but pass the Conservative Ammo : The Union Thugs and Democrats will do every thing in their power to control the Government. Its about power and money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=816563623 Willie Stubbs

    :::: waving hands ::::::

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1623000453 Robert Watkins

    I wish I could like this more than once!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1585687242 David Joseph Quinn

    Sad to think this is where my union dues went.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000464312984 Linda Matthews

    So many of the union members, sadly, have been SO brainwashed by the union leaders; they don’t even realize how much of “their” money is merely a payoff to the politicians.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000464312984 Linda Matthews

    So many of the union members, sadly, have been SO brainwashed by the union leaders; they don’t even realize how much of “their” money is merely a payoff to the politicians.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1759374325 Russell Chennault

    I sure hope they do come on Wisconsin people stand up goto the polls and put scott back to work help your state !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1150130303 Matthew Goehring

    Sadly I think Walker is going to lose.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1211294385 Tim Bond

    I keep wondering which aspect of this is better …the fact that they’ve lost their ability buy elections ($60 million!!!) or that they’ve lost their monopoly on the media. I think the latter may prove more important in the long run.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1526130412 Jim Harrigan

    Unions was once a great thing, but now is tearin up this nation. They need to go. The only one who makes out in the union is the one who is the head of the union. Companys won’t move to new York cause of high taxes caused by unions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1319258124 Carolyn Daigle Steel

    I understand the purpose of the union as I am a teacher. I don’t belong to the union because I have witnessed them being concerned with their own interest instead of who they were suppose to represent and yet without them, mean spirited administrators would be able to umleash their wrath on teachers if we did not have unions.

    • http://facebook rollhigh

      There is still power in standing together only you don’t need the union in order to do it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663932942 Roger Thomas

    I wonder where they got the $60 million?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1028481585 John Collins Cargill

    Unions don’t need to go completely, they need to be reformed. They need to have their supporters look more than 3:00 ahead.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559078244 Tony Boudreau

    Good. Less corrupt union money for Obama.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000790114996 Katie Rodgers

    Unions everywhere are no longer doing their job—they are too invoved with the government to represent the people any longer

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1774437837 Craig Nichols

    Glad to see em pissin away the money they have stolen from their members

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1557933846 Edie O’Connell Behnke

    UNIONS—Organized crime votes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=44504715 Kristina George

    I’m so thankful that my job doesn’t require me to be in a union. It would make sick to think that my union dues would go towards funding this kind of crap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1406762181 Frank Coon

    Exactly Craig………

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003101308434 Brian McPhee

    Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) is implementing the same tactics as Scott Walker…with the same possitive results. The “racall lefties” have been out with their cute little petitions, and the teachers unions have spent MILLIONS of $$$ on tv ads, attacking him. I had a UAW t-shirt wearing gentalman come knocking at my door, petition in hand, asking me if I would be interested in “making it easier for people to join unions”. No. I wouldn’t. Legislation passed in Michigan recently makes it impossible for teachers’ unions to FORCE teachers to join and pay dues. It’s strictly voluntary. That, to me, is a “good start”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517156288 K Paul Boyev

    Don’t get cocky. Keep up the pressure!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1203144859 Carol Modrow

    We can only pray at this point. A lot of fraud going on. I read that many of the votes calling for recall were cast illegally.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1611499879 Glenn Zimbeck

    I do!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1321671919 Kenneth Gerald Reinhardt

    May God da*n the unions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623208861 Tanya L Smith

    can’t wait

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1081418638 Susan Lambeau

    Gov. Walker, one of the most courageous men I know. Can’t wait for a June 5th victory for Walker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1795841309 Peter Fithian


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002302249248 Tom Kelly

    Public employee unions should be illegal, period!!!!

  • http://www.mailmagazine24.com Bright Knight

    think about that for a moment! $60 Million.. SIXTY MILLION… again: S-I-X-T-Y M-I-L-L-I-O-N… for a senseless and absolutely unnecessary re-call. Just because a Governor did exactly what he promised to do during the campaign. The people in Wisconsin voted him in exactly for that. And the Unions blow $60 Million of the money they stealget from their members. But it’s not about these $60 Million only. Think about the costs of an extra election. Think about the time, Walker had to fight against this crap, time that better would have been invested in his job as Governor – and I bet he would have preferred to put this time in his efforts to making Wisconsin and even better State (it’s really BIG what he has accomplished already, but imagine what he could have done additionally…)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1219590451 Catherine Cath Nall

    Heck, it’s probably OUR money they are spending, courtesy of Obama, too…….Hang tough, Governor Walker!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000618404854 Clifton Chapman

    You can’t put a price on Freedom – that’s why Walker is winning! Go Gov. Walker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1377926239 David L Wooldridge

    My only regret is not having any control in how my dues are spent once it’s out of my hands. ( UAW )

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1562426112 Lori Howerton

    I am rejoicing even now. Blessings, Mr. Scott Walker!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000329136546 Rick Rothermel

    The leftist zealots are beyond the farthest reaches of sanity with this campaign. Thanks to the Occupoopers and the fringy idiot revolutionary wannabes, the ‘dirtbag’ is the new face of the Democrat party

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000727135496 Ian Golbinec

    Say what you want about unions, take away the corruption and same with the government and you will have at their core two beneficial and necessary entities.the unions by themselves arent bad, its the corruption that is. Did anyone at all ever read “The Jungle”? Come on now people. Drop the pattisan bullshit and finger pointing and act on your ability to effect change or stfu about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000112344706 Robert Ray Greene

    Sharing information, raising awareness and strengthening other’s resolve IS part and parcel of “effecting change”, Mr. Golbinec….i respectfully submit that your complaining about what others are doing/not doing – saying/not saying isn’t.

  • http://facebook rollhigh

    Governor Walker scares them and that will make them do some really unscrupulous things. I just hope they don’t resort to their mafia type buddies to help out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001092656563 Gregory Vandemark

    Union dues are going up !

  • niki069a

    If Governor Walker wins on June 5 that should be a clear indication that the people of this country aren’t as stupid as the Liberals think we are. That victory should send a strong message to the Libs, the R.I.N.O.s in D.C. that their number is up come November 6th there will be sweeping changes to both houses so that we can start restoring our Government the way it was designed to be….A PART TIME JOB.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000174878787 Lori Gibson

    These highly corrupt Unions are out of control & live for more power !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=587880539 Arron Scott Cook

    Unions kept Harry Reid in power all these years.