Former Vermont Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, a one-time presidential candidate, is the founder of a group that by mid-day of President's Day had raised over $100,000 in a slush fund to "back" the on-the-lam Wisconsin Democratic State Senators.USA Today has also reported:
The Dean Dollars are being specifically funneled to the Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Committee (SSDC) -- an apparent violation of Wisconsin election law that pointedly says, according to the Wisconsin Election Board's Legal Counsel in a 2005 decision, that the "SSDC may not accept a contribution of more than $6,000 from a single committee in a calendar year." (Note: the Election Board is now called the "Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.")
The money, requested in an e-mail obtained over the weekend by The American Spectator, is being solicited in $14 dollar contributions through the Dean-founded million-member "Democracy for America" grassroots organizing group chaired by Dean's brother Jim.
Nearly $279,000 has been raised for the Wisconsin Democratic Committee via ActBlue, a political action committee that supports Democrats and acts as a clearinghouse for donations. The contributions from more than 10,000 donors go to Democratic groups and ActBlue acts as a conduit.The financial incentive NOT to return to Wisconsin is more beneficial to their campaign efforts than returning to actually do their jobs.
The fundraising began after President Obama criticized Walker, a Republican, for trying to strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights.
On Monday, Feb 28th, Gov. Walker issues a 24 hour deadline in an attempt to get the WI Senate Democrats home. He stated that the state will miss a deadline to restructure the debt costing Wisconsin taxpayers $165 million dollars. So far, no indication that they will return, so let's say ..... $165,000,000 divided 14 ways works out to just over $14.78 million per AWOL state Senator, send them the bill.