This Politician Asked Parents To Give Him Campaign Cash Instead of Buying Their Kids Christmas Gifts

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his reelection is the gift that will keep on giving

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Dan Reiland / Eau Claire Leader-Telegram / AP

Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Eau Claire, Wis., on Oct. 7, 2013.

Updated 5:20 p.m. EST on Dec. 3
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was apparently willing to risk being labeled a Grinch.

The Republican, who survived a contentious recall campaign and is up for reelection next year, recently asked parents to donate to his campaign instead of going Black Friday shopping for presents to put under the Christmas tree.

In a letter sent from his political committee, and posted online by the liberal website Daily Kos, Walker’s campaign tells parents to take advantage of  “a Black Friday special that is better than any deal found in stores.”

“Instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season, help give your children the gift of a Wisconsin that we can all be proud of,” the letter said, asking for campaign donations.

Walker’s campaign did not immediately comment when contacted by the website Raw Story. He faces a tough reelection fight in the blue-leaning state.

According to Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Walker campaign staffer responsible for this fundraising appeal, Taylor Palmisano, 23, has been fired from the campaign for sending out explicative-laden, racist Tweets about Hispanics.

This story was updated with information about the firing of the Walker campaign staffer reported to be responsible for the fundraising appeal. 

17 comments
AnnMarieBonesteel
AnnMarieBonesteel

Economic prosperity? "Don't spend money during the heaviest shopping season of the hear; give it me instead. I want to litter your neighborhoods with plastic signs that will outlive is all."

Ick.

JoshuaEldridge
JoshuaEldridge

@Cox7171 were you dropped on your head or something? if Walker didn't mean it, he and those in charge of his campaign, would have come out almost immediately to denounce this filth ridden bile. instead, they appear to be ruminating about it and getting rid of the one that "leaked" it by any means possible. doesn't matter what side of the isle you are on, this is just plain wrong. family comes first. politicians are at the very bottom of my list for gift giving. besides, aren't there lobbyists that give these idiotic politicians gifts in excess of what the average family could ever even dream of?

Kayo
Kayo

That takes real Christmas Balls

psychswede
psychswede

I'm sorry...he didn't use the word "Christmas"...BOYCOTT!!!!

Cox7171
Cox7171

How ironic that this "reporter" pretty much has adopted "The National

Enquirer's" method of reporting and is doing a story on tacky questionable judgement.

Cox7171
Cox7171

Walker fired his staffer for this tacky idea- Obama didn't for his "donate your wedding gift" idea- nor his staff person who made the Solyndra decision- or the staff person who told him to sell "you can keep your insurance" lie. Or the one who accused Hillary of being racist for her LBJ /MLK jr. Comment in '08, come to think of it- she was right about how campaign speeches weren't enough- you needed someone who would actually meet with Congress and had experience....but I guess selling magazines based on fair reporting doesn't really matter.

Cox7171
Cox7171

Perhaps TIME, you should take a lesson in real journalism from ABC, when they did their story about the Obama CAMPAIGN, asking for people to give their wedding and birthday cash to them- assigning responsibility to the campaign instead of slandering Walker by saying HE "asked". http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=16630446. If you would have REPORTED that we couldn't keep our health care like you should have, the voters could have made an informed choice on what happens to them, and who to trust. I just don't think it's right to do that. And your correction at the bottom is PATHETIC and should be at

The TOP IF you had any self respect.

FerrisAgain
FerrisAgain

@rkordusjr I, personally, wouldn't mind at all a donation to the campaign of someone I supported in lieu of a WEDDING GIFT in my adult wedding. 

Asking your constituents to forgo CHRISTMAS PRESENTS for their CHILDREN is not even close to the same thing. Wow. 

rodeodance
rodeodance

@rkordusjr But talking Christmas gifts FROM  kids to a real low blow-even for Walker et. al.

LeslieWilliams
LeslieWilliams

@Cox7171This is why she was fired, read the article more closely.  He evidently thought it was a good idea or he would have rescinded it in some fashion.    "According to Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Walker campaign staffer responsible for this fundraising appeal, Taylor Palmisano, 23, has been fired from the campaign for sending out explicative-laden, racist Tweets about Hispanics."


msannomalley
msannomalley

@Cox7171  So you're defending Scott Walker's campaign by taking issue where the on the page the correction was placed? And then bringing up a campaign and election that happened a year ago and there is no possible way to go back and time and change it? Weak. 

If you're going to defend Scott Walker, then stick with the topic of Scott Walker and his re-election campaign.  If you can't find something on topic to use to defend him, then you may want to stop and think about what the universe is trying to tell you. Hint: It has to do with your lack of critical thinking and debate skills.

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