Required reading – Wisconsin Republicans Lied While the Kochs Schemed

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If you’re from Wisconsin I can be sure you got positively sick of Scott Walker using the word “tools”. You probably also get what the tools are. Did you know they were handed to Tea Party members called “Mechanics” who were paid by the American Majority to use them?

The following is an excerpt from a piece that should be required reading: Abe Sauer’s “A Blueprint for a Takeover: Wisconsin Republicans Lied While the Kochs Schemed” which appeared in The Awl on March 8th, 2011.

The mechanics program is a bit like a franchise. American Majority “mechanics will receive 75% of the net from their trainings” and the 2010 program required mechanics to perform at least one training per month, for a minimum of 30 trainees through the end of 2010. At $20 per person, that’s a minimum take for the mechanic of $450 per month. I attempted to attend the $20 per head training in Madison on March 5th but it was booked solid.

The mechanics program was put together and began recruiting in February, 2010. Formal training took place March 24th to 26th, with American Majority flying recruits to Washington D.C., covering all travel and board. And then the Sauk County Tea Party was founded on June 17, 2010.

Later in 2010, the Sauk County Tea Party began linking to and endorsing strategy meetings with American Majority. In mid-December of 2010, the group took part in a strategy call with co-founder Ned Ryun to discuss the New Leaders Project.

On December 29th, Sauk Tea Party President John Meegan announced his candidacy for Baraboo school board.

Continue to THIS LINK to read the entire article which also includes interviews with Sauk County teachers: “He lied to us,” said teacher Jenny Fish, as she shivered in the 20-degree chill with 100 other protesters outside Reedsburg’s Voyageur Inn.
Blogger note: I am taking it easy from blogging until maybe 3/12. You’ll be seeing some different content here such as “required” readings, flashback posts, and favorite posts during that time.


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