Would you invest $166,000 to get a cool $14 MILLION? That’s what William Gardener did. Oh, and it was your money.
Gardener of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad was caught for the illegal campaign donation to Walker for Governor. Not because the GAB was vigilant or aggressive, but because a disgruntled former girl friend blew the train whistle on him.
The Government Accountability Board on Monday announced that its investigation into illegal campaign contributions made by Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company and its owner, William Gardner, have resulted in two felony charges and a record $166,900 forfeiture by the company.Read the story.
Here is a list of the money Gardner found in his company coffers after Walker became Governor:
March 11, 2011
Governor Scott Walker today announced 11 state awards totaling $25,515,123 that will be used to construct freight rail-related facilities, and preserve and upgrade rail infrastructure as part of overall efforts to support job growth and Wisconsin’s economy
Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. – (414) 438-8220
5300 N. 33rd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53209
Bridge Rehabilitation and Replacement: The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) will receive a total of $3,647,149 in grant funds to cover 80 percent of costs for emergency rehabilitation and reconstruction work on system bridges in Rock, Dane and Green County.
Madison to Milton Phase II Track Rehabilitation: The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) will receive an additional $8,867,515 in grant funds to pay for 80 percent of the total $11,084,393 remaining costs of Phase II rehabilitation work on the Madison to Milton, Wisconsin rail line in Dane and Rock County.
Waukesha Track Rehabilitation: The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) will receive a grant of $1,454,594 to cover 80 percent of the $1,818,243 total cost of rehabilitate 1.8 miles of rail line in the Waukesha area. http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/opencms/export/nr/modules/news/news_2552.html_786229440.html
Add up the grants. Now that is what I call a sound investment return.
Of course, Gardiner was caught and admitted to the illegal contribution. Surely he was punished, right? I mean if you get pulled over for an over-the-limit blood alcohol level while driving, you go to jail. Gardiner wasn’t punished quite so severely. He got two years probation in exchange for the 14 Million of tax payers money given to his company.
Tax Payer’s Alliance members, are you reading this? Watch the video below that’s from MSNBC when the illegal campaign contribution story broke.
But that ain’t all. Walker’s refusal to accept the rapid rail money from the
federal government is going to cost members of the taxpayer’s alliance
much, much more.
Walker’s $99 million mistake. Taxpayer’s Alliance. Join us in the Recall Walker movement and save money.
99 million would help a lot of families,
seniors, and children.