By Jeff Simpson
As someone who understands the "free" market and knows its importance in our economy. It is interesting to see how much money it costs to buy the Wisconsin republican party.
I used to think it was $325,000, but now apparently there is a fire sale.
Thanks to the honesty of Mike nASSelson, he lets us know why the Governor Walker is pushing rent-own-deregulation. As Steve MikalnASS tells Jack Craver, they sold out:
However, Mike Mikalsen, chief-of-staff to state Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, one of the few Republicans who have opposed rent-to-own deregulation in the past, said the policy was made entirely as a favor to Ashley Furniture, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of low-cost furniture that supplies many of the products in rent-to-own outlets.
Ashley, a large state employer, is not registered to lobby this session, but last session it reported spending $94,000 lobbying the Legislature just on the rent-to-own issue.
The other big backer of the measure is Rent-A-Center, a rent-to-own chain based in Plano, Texas. Last session it reported spending $192,000 lobbying the Legislature. Representing its interests is one of the top lobbyists in town, Eric Petersen, who, in addition to having an impressive array of powerful corporate interests on his client list, seems to be the go-to guy for stigmatized interest groups — payday lenders, tobacco companies, bail bonds, to name a few.
So while AFC and their flunky convicted felon Scott Jensen is paying $325,000 to buy one corrupt Senator (Rick Gudex), The rent-to-own lobby is paying the same amount and buying the whole republican caucus!