New term of the day: Pay to-Plale

State Sentator Jeff Plale’s finance report keeps keeps turning up golden nugget after golden nugget of contributions from well-oiled corporate lobbying machines. Xoff has dubbed it Pay to Plale. Zach Dubya pointed out numerous donations from cable TV and coal company executives. And he pointed out the surprising-yet-not-surprising contributions from two top dogs from right-wing funders WMC.

Lisa Kaiser of the Shepherd Express found this zinger: a donation from a lobbyist for Koch (say Coke) Industries, which is a major global warming denialist and funder of misinformation. As Xoff wrote:

What makes this especially interesting is that Plale was a key player in the state’s climate change task force, which proposed a comprehensive bill that Plale co-sponsored — and then killed in the final days of the session. No one’s suggesting he did it for a $250 contribution. But with the kind of company he keeps, what he did should be no big surprise.”

Hey, maybe if Plale loses, he can try to get a job with Ron Johnson. They may have more in common than they thought.

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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.