- Scott Walker campaign fundraising email said his re-election would be a better gift to children than toys or election gadgets
- President Obama’s 2012 campaign pioneered the idea of a political donation ‘gift registry’ for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries
- Conservatives spoofed the Obama effort at the time with fictitious registries based on funeral cremations and baby naming
- Walker is thought of as a likely GOP presidential candidate in 2016
- His opponent has her own ethical cloud related to labor practices when she was a mountain bike company executive
PUBLISHED: 21:54 EST, 2 December 2013 | UPDATED: 22:04 EST, 2 December 2013
Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s re-election campaign risked a Scrooge image last week with a Black Friday campaign asking parents to make campaign contributions instead of buying their children Christmas presents.
‘Instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season,’ a Walker re-election campaign email instructed, ‘help give your children the gift of a Wisconsin that we can all be proud of.’
It was ‘a Black Friday special that is better than any deal found in stores,’ the campaign claimed: ‘Donate $5, $10 or $25 to help Governor Walker get reelected and save your children from a future of double-digit tax increases and billion dollar budget deficits.’
Walker is riding a wave of popularity in his home state that has political wags speculating about a presidential run in 2016.
Taylor Palmisano, who has served as the campaign’s deputy finance director since July, signed the email. She did not respond to requests for comment.
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