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The gift of receiving: GAB report tracks income of WI's recall candidates

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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