In a story that could not be any more symbolic, a couple hard core republican donors were recently charged with poisoning bald eagles. As JSonline reports:
Alvin C. Sowinski, 65, and Paul A. Sowinski, 46, of the Town of Sugar Camp in Oneida County, also face penalties of up to $100,000 each and up to a year in prison at their sentencing in May, according to the U.S. attorney's office for the western district in Madison.
According to documents filed by prosecutors, Alvin Sowinski used poisoned bait piles to try to kill predators such as coyotes and gray wolves.
There was no evidence that wolves, a federally protected animal at the time of the investigation, were poisoned.
The two men also permitted hunters and trappers to kill predators to improve hunting for penned pheasants, grouse and deer for the Sowinskis and friends.
One such hunter and trapper was an undercover officer of the state Department of Natural Resources, who was told by Alvin Sowinski how he used poison to target predators.
While poisoning of wildlife is known to occur throughout the state, prosecution of such cases are "extremely rare," according to U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil, who said his office has prosecuted only one or two cases in the past 30 years.
Among the wildlife poisoned with pesticides by the Sowinskis between 2007 and 2010 were at least two bald eagles, a turkey vulture, nine coyotes, one bobcat, three ermine, crows, songbirds, squirrels, skunks and other unidentified animals.
Vaudreuil called the acts "incredibly selfish" for someone to "purposefully want to kill predators, and then they use this very horrible pesticide."
By my rough estimate Tom Tiffany has received approximately $3700 and Scott Walker $100 from the Poisoning Sowinski family and not a nickel has been returned. While keeping the money from these POS is an endorsement of the terrible things they have done, I do not recommend giving the money back to them. If they truly were disgusted by what the Sowinski's did, they would donate the money they gave them to organizations that work to undo the damage the Sowinski's did.
Here are ten organizations that could use that money!
However do not hold your breath that Mr. Tiffany or Mr. Walker will be doing the right thing. Besides if you think what their good friends the Sowinski's have done to WI is bad, wait until you see what their friends Eco -Terrorist Bill Williams and Chris Cline do to the Wisconsin environment when they get the chance!
To Gogebic Taconite (GTac), owned by the Florida-based Cline Resource and Development Company, it’s an opportunity to dig an unprecedentedly large hole in order to liberate nearly 300 million tons of taconite. Taconite— a low-grade iron trapped inside tons of unusable rock—is used to make steel. The Cline Company is new to iron mining and, until recently, was known mainly for its coal mines in West Virginia and Illinois. In 2011, GTac purchased a lease/option for the mineral rights to a 4.5–by–22-mile stretch of the Penokees. The company wants to dig a $1.5 billion open-pit mine that would extract billions of tons of rock over the next 35 years. The proposed mine would be the largest development project in the history of Wisconsin.
Chris Cline, a 55-year-old billionaire mining magnate, has recently appeared in the gossip rags thanks to his relationship with former model Elin Nordegrin—Tiger Woods’ ex-wife. Cline is viewed by many in the working-class Northwoods as an out-of-touch businessman, incapable of recognizing what this pristine area means to those who live here. (That he named his 164-foot yacht Mine Games isn’t helping his case.) The Chippewa sobriquet for GTac’s current president, Bill Williams, is “Dollar Bill.” De- Main puts it this way: “When big money comes into the room, spirituality and neighborliness exit.”