Scrooged: Wisconsin governor asked parents to make campaign contributions INSTEAD of buying their children gifts on Black Friday

  • 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

By  David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor

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‘Instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season,’ a Walker  re-election campaign email instructed, ‘help give your children the gift of a  Wisconsin that we can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.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's re-election campaign asked moms and dads to raid their children's Christmas gift funds for political contributionsWisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s re-election campaign  asked moms and dads to raid their children’s Christmas gift funds for political  contributions

Walker's deputy campaign finance director claimed Wisconsin children would be better off with a Republican governor than with 'electronics or toys' on Christmas DayWalker’s deputy campaign finance director claimed  Wisconsin children would be better off with a Republican governor than with  ‘electronics or toys’ on Christmas Day

 

 

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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