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“Instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season, help give your children the gift of a Wisconsin that we can all be proud of,” the letter said, asking for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

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