Did Milwaukee County Sponsor AFP Tea Party Rally?

The recent non-grassroots Americans For Prosperity (AFP) “Tea Party” rally in Milwaukee had a number of boring speakers that are not worth mentioning. But this detail is: the Milwaukee County Parks logo appears alongside the AFP logo on a big banner that was made for the rally. See for yourself. It’s on the left side under the letters “AMER”:

(Irony alert: the County Parks, a relic of Milwaukee’s socialist past, are touted at a Tea Party!)

Photo by Brew City Brawler and used with permission.

Why is the County giving its blessing to an anti-government rally? Now, this is probably a matter of someone giving permission to AFP to use the Parks logo. But the question is, who? Was it the county executive, who used this to grandstand for his next failed primary bid? Was it parks director Sue Black? (Unlikely.) Did AFP think they could just use it? And if so, who allowed this? That logo must have been sent to them. And for that matter, did they make the banner? Or was it someone affiliated with the County? Did AFP pay for use of the park?

Queries on this topic have been sent to Walker, Black, and the AFP HQ. Timely updates to this will be found over on Milwaukee County First who broke the story tonight. (That was actually Brew City Brawler. Sorry about that!)

Update: Even if it was legal for them (and by the same arguement, Milwaukee County First) to use the Parks logo, the delicious irony of AFP embracing Milwaukee’s socialist legacy still remains.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

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