A $50,000 grant was awarded to United Sportsmen of Wisconsin Foundation Inc.
1) United Sportsmen was the only applicant for the award.
3) United Sportsmen falsified its 501(3)(c) status on the grant application.
4) United Sportsmen has a scant record of any involvement in promoting hunting of fishing.
5) United Sportsmen has been implicated in mailing false information to voters.
All the appearance of funneling money for vote fraud
Thus far Walker is known to have benefited from a secret email network for the purpose of raising funds during his campaign for governor. The network was operated by his employees within his Milwaukee County Executive office and only thirty feet from his office door. GOP legislators have pushed the limits of open meetings rules to deny access to the opposing party to debate and vote in the public chamber. Redistricting maps were drawn with such covert and unfair methods that members of their own party were forced to sign confidentiality agreements before viewing the proposed maps, while outside law firms were paid thousands of dollars to cover the legal entanglements the covert operation was likely to excite. So far, they have gotten away with bending the rules, limiting debate, and clamping down an the ability of democracy to function as intended by the state constitution.
Perhaps since the GOP has gotten away with murder of the constitution and upending democratic fairness in enacting legislation, they have attempted to go for the prize – to use the complexity of Walker’s long and rambling budget bill to squeeze in a simple looking grant for a group as wholesome sounding as “United Sportsmen” to cover the cause of getting the GOP more votes by sending out misinformation – that would be vote fraud – and the taxpayers get to pay for it.
The first red flag is that the “United Sportsmen” have no real history or track record of performing any documented programing for their mission of promoting hunting and fishing in the state. Another red flag: the “Sportsmen” are the only applicants for the grant, while many other sports organizations who have a proven track record for the same mission were not even aware of the grant so conveniently buried in the budget. Red flad three: the “Sportmen” falsified the application for the grant in stating they were a non-profit organization when they never held the claimed 501(3)(c) status.
The real track record of “United Sportsmen”
When Charles Shultz received an absentee ballot application form on Thursday, July 28, 2011 with a request to mail it in two days after the Senate District 10 recall election, he thought something was fishy.
The mailer, sent by conservative advocacy group Americans For Prosperity (AFP) to his North Hudson home, included directions to mail the application to Madison instead of his village clerk.
Crawford County is NOT Free of the Koch Bros. Tentacles
From the Crawford County Independent – Thursday, August 4, 2011
by Erin Martin
Robocall, repeat surveys,and confusing absentee ballot applications are all part of the new politics as Wisconsin heads toward an unprecedented eight recall elections in the next two weeks. What to do? You might try to ignore them all and follow your commons sense.
Rolling Ground Resident Displays Fraudulent Mailing
Lamar Janes holds the suspicious absentee ballot application received by his wife on Saturday. Neither Janes nor his wife Lynda Shaller are members of American For Prosperity as the accompanying letter states. The application he’s holding states clearly absentee ballots must be submitted to “city clerks” by August 11. However, absentee ballots cannot be submitted after the election, which is scheduled for this Tuesday, August 9.
By Brad Friedman on 8/8/2011, 5:17pm PT
The United Sportsmen of Wisconsin (USW) mailers, almost identical in form, font, content, and type-setting, as we showed, had no information about who had paid for the mailings on them, and instructed voters that they needed to return their absentee ballots to the elections clerk by August 4th — even though ballots may be delivered to the Wisconsin election clerks as late as the close of polls on August 9th.
Since we ran our article over the weekend, which suggested, among other things, previously-undocumented coordination between AFP and USW, and since there was little information to be found about USW on the web, a number of readers have been digging in to try and figure out exactly who the so-called United Sporstmen of Wisconsin actually are, as have we.
The Brad Blog
This Fraudulent mailing was discovered in county after county throughout the state of Wisconsin in a attempt to suppress the vote for the Senate Recall Elections.
Now we know who the “United Sportsmen” really are, and they just receive a $50,000 grant to continue their activity to be paid for by the taxpayers of Wisconsin.
Despite the misrepresentation, the DNR officially notified United Sportsmen in a letter Tuesday that it would be receiving the grant anyway, with $50,000 of it as an advance before receipts are filed.
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