PAC Progressives United asks us to “vote” on whether it should support Mary Burke

This is what’s on the Progressives United web site today:

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Scott Walker’s got to go, and 2014 will be our last chance to clip his wings. Knowing the massive corporate campaign Walker will build to continue his agenda, should we support Mary Burke now to get a head start on next year’s election?

Wow. What’s “progressive” about circling wagons around candidate Mary Burke to protect her from progressive Senator Kathleen Vinehout who is thinking of running in this gubernatorial race!?

Aside from that there is the important fact that Burke needs to shed the caucus convict Tanya Bjork from her campaign team before anybody – – progressive or not – swears any allegiance.

Having Bjork on the team flies in the face of Progressive United’s mission, which according to its own web site is to fight

corporate influence and corruption in all its forms.”

When the political action committee P.United was founded in February of 2011 by Russ Feingold, he was sounding the alarm about Citizens United and proclaiming that corporate money needed to stay out of politics:

“The idea of allowing corporations to have unlimited influence on our democracy is very dangerous, obviously. That’s exactly what it [Citizens United] does … Things were like this 100 years ago in the United States, with the huge corporate and business power of the oil companies and others. But this time it’s like the Gilded Age on steroids.”

Below you can see what P.U. sent to me by email:

We’ve got a big decision to make. This week, Democrat Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycle executive and philanthropist, announced that she’s stepping up to run against Scott Walker in 2014.

We all know the stakes: Walker has decimated worker rights, repealed laws that protect apartment renters, endangered our precious environment, and stripped women of their fundamental rights. He’s done the bidding of ALEC and the Koch brothers – and he hasn’t even come close to fulfilling his pledge to create 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin. Walker’s got to go, and 2014 will be our last chance to clip his wings.

Here’s the choice we have to make: knowing the massive corporate campaign Walker will build to continue his agenda, should we support Mary Burke now to get a head start on next year’s election?

Cast your vote now: Should Progressives United support Mary Burke now?

Scott Walker has harmed our economy and divided our state. And instead of owning up to it, his administration uses cooked numbers to pretend things are going well. Even the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says Walker is deceptively using their data.

Really, at this point, Walker’s basically just lying to everyone about his record while planning to run for president in 2016. But in the meantime, we have no doubt that he’s going to marshal all the corporate powers he can for his reelection next year.

Mary Burke led Trek Bicycle’s expansion, leading to over 1,000 jobs here in Wisconsin. She has executive experience, and provides a pretty compelling contrast to Walker’s empty promises. Mary has also invested locally, building organizations in her community without seeking publicity.

And here’s Mary on Citizens United:

“The influx of special interest money into the political process following Citizens United was as predictable as the decision was wrong. As a result, far too many politicians are now more interested in serving narrow special interests than they are in coming together to solve the serious challenges we face.”
But we’re counting on you and fellow Wisconsin members of Progressives United to decide whether to get in this race now, while it’s early.

Cast your vote: Should Progressives United get in the Wisconsin governor’s race for Mary Burke early?

Thanks for uniting as a progressive,

Cole Leystra
Executive Director
Progressives United

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6 thoughts on “PAC Progressives United asks us to “vote” on whether it should support Mary Burke

  1. I would not vote for Burke. Vinehout, yes; Burke, no.

    I was an early adopter/contributor to PU, but I unsubscribed quite some time ago. They did not live up to what they billed it to be.

  2. Not on your life. She never mentions what her consulting work after graduation consisted of. Her so-called philanthropy is suspect – teaching inner-city children tennis That’s a help. Swooping in at the last minute to make a conditional donation to a struggling charity how newsworthy. How orchestrated. How Ayn Rand of her.
    There are too many dark areas in her past. And now a push to help us rush to judgement. No way lady

  3. When attempting to cast a vote on this, along with a comment at PU, I am not sure my vote went through because I believe I was required to make a monetary donation in order to be counted. I have never gotten an individual response from anyone at the organization over their two year(?) history, having submitted several different questions.

    Someone is likely better informed than me about PU and their SOP.

  4. And Jeff Simpson over at Cog Dis has an interesting take on Burke’s campaign staff. Glad to see different people speaking up in the comments.

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