Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Anatomy Of A Shakedown

Workers in Wisconsin are withdrawing their money from M&I Bank to protest its oh-so-generous financial support of union-busting Governor Scott (“Potsie”) Walker.

Last month M&I issued the following statement:

Marshall & Ilsley Corporation and M&I Bank have not made contributions to any political campaign in Wisconsin.  By law, corporations and businesses are not permitted to make direct contributions to political campaigns.

Individual employees may choose, at their own discretion and based on their political beliefs, to make contributions to political campaigns.  Donors are typically required to identify their employer.  Each campaign — Scott Walker and Tom Barrett — received voluntary contributions from individual M&I employees.

See?  It’s all perfectly innocent.  The tellers at M&I collected their pennies — just like the plucky little Rangers in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington — and sent them off to rescue the Jimmy Stewart of their choice.

Unfortunately, the reality is a little sleazier:

10/15/2010 Walker, Scott Hempel, Dianne Germantown, WI 53022 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
10/09/2010 Walker, Scott Struebing, Barabara Wauwatosa, WI 53226 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $200.00
10/01/2010 Walker, Scott OConnor, William Whitefish Bay, WI 53217 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $175.00
10/01/2010 Walker, Scott Langan, Michael G Sheboygan, WI 53083 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $300.00
09/30/2010 Walker, Scott Hogan, Mark R Wauwatosa, WI 53226 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $5,000.00
09/29/2010 Walker, Scott Hempel, Douglas Germantown, WI 53022 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
09/28/2010 Walker, Scott Krueck, William D Oak Creek, WI 53154 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $30.00
09/24/2010 Walker, Scott Wigdale, James B Fox Point, WI 53217 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $2,400.00
09/24/2010 Walker, Scott Klare, Timothy A Waukesha, WI 53187 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $53.00
09/21/2010 Walker, Scott Schlidt, Joe Elm Grove, WI 53122 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $55.00
08/23/2010 Walker, Scott Titus, David Racine, WI 53406 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
07/27/2010 Walker, Scott Geimer, Pamela Milwaukee, WI 53217 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
06/30/2010 Walker, Scott Krueck, William D Oak Creek, WI 53154 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $30.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Voss, John Brookfield, WI 53045 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Ticknor, Jeffrey T Middleton, WI 53562 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Smith, Ronald E Middleton, WI 53562 M&I Bank Madison Banking & Finance $1,000.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Simmer, Michael Green Bay, WI 54301 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Seiler, David Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Root, Thomas A New Berlin, WI 53151 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Roberts, John L Mequon, WI 53092 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $1,000.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Osborn, Devon Middleton, WI 53562 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Nygro, Michele M Franklin, WI 53132 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Klomstad, Wayne M Waukesha, WI 53186 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Kelly, Brent J Mequon, WI 53092 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Kaminski, Daniel L Whitefish Bay, WI 53217 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Justilliano, Patricia R Sussex, WI 53089 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Huie, Tommy O Glenview, IL 60026 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott George, Gregg W Kildeer, IL 60047 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Fahey, Matthew B Grafton, WI 53024 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Deneen, Ryan R Mequon, WI 53092 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Deloye, Dennis Wausau, WI 54403 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Cunniff, J Nathan Brookfield, WI 53045 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Cross, Timothy E Neenah, WI 54956 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Cox, Debra K Oconomowoc, WI 53066 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Charlesworth, Greg Mequon, WI 53097 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $125.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Braun, William J Appleton, WI 54913 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Brady, Dwight Pewaukee, WI 53072 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Benschoter, Ann M Pewaukee, WI 53072 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $1,000.00
06/11/2010 Walker, Scott Becker, Richard C Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
06/07/2010 Walker, Scott Geimer, Pamela K Milwaukee, WI 53217 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
06/04/2010 Walker, Scott Schlidt, Joe Elm Grove, WI 53122 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
05/31/2010 Walker, Scott Hogan, Mark R Wauwatosa, WI 53226 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
05/27/2010 Walker, Scott Krueck, William D Oak Creek, WI 53154 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $30.00
05/09/2010 Walker, Scott Geschke, James R Brown Deer, WI 53223 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $1,525.00
05/07/2010 Walker, Scott Danola, Paul T Mequon, WI 53092 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $1,525.00
05/05/2010 Walker, Scott Refinski, Gary A Cedarburg, WI 53012 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $300.00
05/04/2010 Walker, Scott Farraye, Joseph B Brown Deer, WI 53223 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
04/29/2010 Walker, Scott Wigdale, James B Fox Point, WI 53217 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $2,000.00
04/29/2010 Walker, Scott Kuester, Sandy Milwaukee, WI 53202 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $2,000.00
04/29/2010 Walker, Scott Kuester, Dennis J Milwaukee, WI 53202 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $400.00
04/07/2010 Walker, Scott Krueck, William D Oak Creek, WI 53154 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $30.00
03/30/2010 Walker, Scott Podewils, Thomas P New Berlin, WI 53151 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
03/29/2010 Walker, Scott Kuester, Sandy Milwaukee, WI 53202 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $5,000.00
03/29/2010 Walker, Scott Kuester, Dennis J Milwaukee, WI 53202 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $5,000.00
03/29/2010 Walker, Scott Klare, Timothy A Waukesha, WI 53187 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $53.00
03/23/2010 Walker, Scott Kearney, Vic Milwaukee, WI 53202 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
03/22/2010 Walker, Scott Geimer, Pamela K Milwaukee, WI 53217 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
03/16/2010 Walker, Scott Schlidt, Joe Elm Grove, WI 53122 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
03/15/2010 Walker, Scott Krueck, William D Oak Creek, WI 53154 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $30.00
03/14/2010 Walker, Scott Johnson, Mary J Mequon, WI 53092 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
02/25/2010 Walker, Scott Krueck, William D Oak Creek, WI 53154 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $25.00
02/20/2010 Walker, Scott Krueck, William D Oak Creek, WI 53154 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $30.00
02/04/2010 Walker, Scott Steinhofer, Ronald B Madison, WI 53703 M&I Bank of Southern Wisconsin Banking & Finance $100.00
12/30/2009 Walker, Scott Furlong, Mark Milwaukee, WI 53202 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $2,000.00
12/22/2009 Walker, Scott Kuester, Dennis J Milwaukee, WI 53202 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $3,600.00
11/20/2009 Walker, Scott Hogan, Mark R Wauwatosa, WI 53226 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $1,000.00
11/17/2009 Walker, Scott Titus, David Racine, WI 53406 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
11/10/2009 Walker, Scott Krueck, William D Oak Creek, WI 53154 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $30.00
11/02/2009 Walker, Scott Parks, Thomas A Milwaukee, WI 53222 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $50.00
09/26/2009 Walker, Scott Wigdale, Nancy Mequon, WI 53092 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $400.00
09/24/2009 Walker, Scott Mezera, Joan C Mequon, WI 53092 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
09/18/2009 Walker, Scott Geimer, Pamela K Milwaukee, WI 53217 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
08/10/2009 Walker, Scott Krueck, William D Oak Creek, WI 53154 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $30.00
07/27/2009 Walker, Scott Parks, Thomas A Milwaukee, WI 53222 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $128.00
07/06/2009 Walker, Scott Struebing, Barbara Wauwatosa, WI 53226 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
06/25/2009 Walker, Scott Hogan, Mark R Wauwatosa, WI 53226 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
06/23/2009 Walker, Scott Parks, Tom Milwaukee, WI 53222 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
06/17/2009 Walker, Scott Krueck, William D Oak Creek, WI 53154 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $30.00
06/09/2009 Walker, Scott Geimer, Pamela K Milwaukee, WI 53217 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $35.00
06/05/2009 Walker, Scott Simmer, Michael Green Bay, WI 54301 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
05/27/2009 Walker, Scott Struebing, Barbara E Wauwatosa, WI 53226 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
05/17/2009 Walker, Scott Schmidt, Nicole L Brookfield, WI 53005 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
05/09/2009 Walker, Scott Krueck, William D Oak Creek, WI 53154 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $30.00
05/06/2009 Walker, Scott Treaster, Chad Fox Point, WI 53217 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $1,000.00
04/06/2009 Walker, Scott Schmidt, Nicole L Brookfield, WI 53005 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
03/25/2009 Walker, Scott Wigdale, James B Fox Point, WI 53217 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $1,000.00
03/25/2009 Walker, Scott Mauermann, Craig J Milwaukee, WI 53202 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
03/25/2009 Walker, Scott Leitheiser, Richard Milwaukee, WI 53202 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
03/25/2009 Walker, Scott Kuester, Dennis J Milwaukee, WI 53202 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $1,000.00
03/25/2009 Walker, Scott Hogan, Mark R Wauwatosa, WI 53226 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
03/25/2009 Walker, Scott Furlong, Mark Milwaukee, WI 53202 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $1,000.00
03/25/2009 Walker, Scott Cross, Timothy E Neenah, WI 54956 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
03/25/2009 Walker, Scott Brown, Daniel P Milwaukee, WI 53226 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $500.00
03/25/2009 Walker, Scott Birkans, Aldis Shorewood, WI 53211 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $250.00
03/25/2009 Walker, Scott Becker, Richard Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
03/23/2009 Walker, Scott Krueck, William D Oak Creek, WI 53154 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $25.00
12/12/2008 Walker, Scott Urban, David Wauwatosa, WI 53213 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $100.00
12/12/2008 Walker, Scott Rank, Scott Cedarburg, WI 53012 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $150.00
12/12/2008 Walker, Scott Kelly, Brent New Albany, OH 43054 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $150.00
12/12/2008 Walker, Scott Justiliano, Patricia Green Bay, WI 54303 M&I Bank Banking & Finance $150.00

[Wisconsin Democracy Campaign]

This is what it looks like when a corporation shakes down its own executives on behalf of a political errand boy.

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Responses

  1. Of course, it depends on their definition of “voluntary”.


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