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Post Campaign Finance; Cronyism in Wisconsin?
Created by John Eipper on 04/08/11 1:46 AM

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Campaign Finance; Cronyism in Wisconsin? (Mike Bonnie, USA, 04/08/11 1:46 am)

Robert Whealey wrote on 7 April:

"The assumption that corporations would buy every candidate only began in 1980 with Ronald Reagan."

It's refreshing to know that officials allowing themselves to be bought doesn't always go un-noticed by attentive news media.  Here's one recent such example in Wisconsin:

Lobbyist's son to return to old job in Walker administration

The son of a prominent lobbyist is being demoted following controversy over his selection as a high-paid supervisor in the Walker administration.

Gov. Walker on Tuesday announced he was sending Brian Deschane back to the Department of Regulation and Licensing and his $64,728-a-year job [which began in January 2011] as bureau director of board services.

The Department of Commerce recently hired Deschane, 27, as its new administrator of environmental and regulatory services--an $81,500 a year job that supervises 76 employees and oversees storage tank regulations and environmental cleanups.

Deschane never graduated college and according to his resume, had no discernible experience in the field. Yet, according to documents provided to the State Journal Tuesday, he was chosen over a former DRL secretary to replace a 25-year state employee with a degree in chemical engineering and a resume that included extensive management and regulatory experience. The disparity has led critics to conclude that Deschane's hiring was political payback.

The Walker administration and Jerry Deschane have both denied any quid pro quo took place. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said that when the governor "learned of the details of this agency staffing decision, he directed his administration to move in another direction." Werwie said Commerce would be naming an acting division administrator.

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_03926452-5f09-11e0-9454-001cc4c002e0.html">More: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_03926452-5f09-11e0-9454-001cc4c002e0.html

In a late news break:

Lobbyist's son resigns from Walker administration job

The embattled son of a prominent lobbyist has resigned from the Walker administration after a controversy over his hiring led to a demotion earlier this week.

A spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker confirmed Thursday that Brian Deschane resigned after the governor took away his $81,500-a-year job with the Department of Commerce.

Deschane, 27, was officially sent back to his old job Wednesday with the Department of Regulation and Licensing, which carries a salary of $64,728 a year. DRL officials said he never showed up.

More: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_34cd8a54-6140-11e0-bf91-001cc4c03286.html

JE comments:  "We've been directed to move in another direction":  the newest euphemism for "you're fired"?  WAISers know I'm no Scott Walker fan, but at least he immediately "fixed" this blatant example of cronyism/nepotism as soon as it was discovered.


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