By Ryan Ekvall | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker and his wife, Tonette, noted at least three sources of income in 2011, according to the latest statements of economic interest that candidates must file with the state's election watchdog, the Government Accountability Board.
The statements include investments, business activities, creditors, entertainment expenses and gifts, among other personal finance information. Total income is not noted, only sources that paid candidates more than $1,000.
The governor drew income on his state position, which paid more than $137,000, and from Milwaukee County. Walker served as Milwaukee County executive before being elected Wisconsin governor in November 2010.
Listed on the income statement is the Milwaukee chapter of the American Lung Association. Tonette Walker is the special events director for the nonprofit organization.
Among other sources of compensation, Walker was provided a hotel room for two nights for the governor's attendance at the NBC News Education Nation Summit, in the amount of $704.68. The Young America's Foundation, a group of youthful conservatives, covered Walker's flight and hotel accommodations, to the tune of $1,177.76. The governor attended the foundation's annual West Coast Leadership Conference.
The GAB report also notes Walker, as of the Dec. 31 filing, owed Sidley Austin LLP, a global law firm based in Chicago, more than $50,000. Sidley Austin has represented Walker in the Milwaukee County District Attorney-led John Doe investigation that has resulted in charges of former Walker aides.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat vying to take on Walker in June's recall election, reported income from his post and from his wife Kris' teaching position.
Barrett reports multiple pages of investments, including 27 separate investments of between $5,000 and $50,000, and seven investments of $50,000 or more, some of which come from the city of Milwaukee's deferred compensation program.
He lists a dozen pages of gifts, including an extra large T-shirt given at a Milwaukee Area Labor Council event – a gift that was to be donated, according to the GAB report.
Barrett took a trip to San Jose, Calif., to visit a charter school known as Rocketship, air travel compliments of M&I Bank. The company provided its corporate aircraft for Barrett and other community members, to and from San Jose. Schools That Can Milwaukee, a nonprofit that partners with high potential and high performing Milwaukee schools, provided ground transportation, hotel and meals.
Wisconsin Reporter has obtained recall candidates' economic statements of interest from the Government Accountability Board. Click a link below to see the candidates' full statements.
Governor Recall Candidates
Gov. Scott Walker
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee
Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Madison
Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D – Alma
Secretary of State Doug La Follette, Madison
Physician Hari Travedi, Brookfield
Political activist Arthur Kohl-Riggs, Madison
Lt. Governor Recall Candidates
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Oconomowoc
President of Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Mahlon Mitchell, Fitchburg
Investigative Consultant Ira Robbins, Milwaukee
Senate Recall Candidates
Senate District 13
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R – Juneau
Photographer, activist Lori Compas, Fort Atkinson
Senate District 23
Sen. Terry Moulton, R – Chippewa Falls
Former Rep. Kristen Dexter, D – Eau Claire
Senate District 21
Sen. Van Wanggaard, R – Racine
Former Sen. John Lehman, D – Racine
Senate District 29
Rep. Jerry Petrowski, R – Marathon (Race for Sen. Pam Galloway's vacated seat)
Rep. Donna Seidel, D – Wausau