Jeff Plale’s money train: Coal, Cable, and WMC load up

Zach W. over at Blogging Blue has a fantastic post that succinctly summarizes what this primary is all about. Plale represents the interests of the coal, cable, and telecommunication giants, not the people of Cudahy, St. Francis, or South Milwaukee.

Plale’s telecom deregulation bill opened the way for AT&T to raise rates on its customers.

Then Plale helped kill the clean energy bill in the state legislature in 2010.

In effect, he co-sponsored it before he killed it. According to Zach:

Contributions made to Sen. Plale from individuals associated with the cable TV industry and the power & energy industry represent nearly twenty percent of all the contributions Sen. Plale received from individuals.”

Zach also notes that our friends at WMC also help Plale:

It’s also worth noting Sen. Plale received two $250 campaign contributions from the President and Vice President of Government Relations for Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, which is notable for its right-wing leanings, as well as having financed and run some of the most misleading ads ever seen in a statewide election.

This is what the primary challenge is about. Chris Larson is an effective leader who has not sold his soul to big industry. This is why we will vote for Chris on September 14.

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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.

3 thoughts on “Jeff Plale’s money train: Coal, Cable, and WMC load up”

  1. Wait a minute. Tommy Barrett supports strip mining. When the Ex-Im bank loan to a coal mining company in India was rejected, he, doyle and Plale did their best for Bucyrus to receive that contract. He saved jobs but what about global warming or climate change, (whatever it is convenient to call it now.) They must be global warming deniers.
    Barrett is also racist because India’s people will be affected by still another dirty coal burning power plant and the whole world will be affected by increased CO2 emissions. Barrett doesn’t care about poor people unless they can vote for him.

    Plale, I’ll discuss this with you the next time you’re at Pick n’ Save.

    Chris Larson, what would you have decided, save 300 Bucyrus jobs or save the environment?
    I know, just like your failed hero, you’d have voted present/don’t know or care.

    1. Plale co-sponsored the clean energy bill before he helped kill it. It’s one thing to be accused of being a “denier” or the other claims you’re throwing around, and a whole ‘nother to pull the sort of legislative trickery that Plale has done.

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