Nazi Sympathizer Funds Groups Protesting Governor Walker


Madison’s Capitol Times recently ran an editorial cartoon likening Governor Scott Walker to Benito Mussolini, but a study of the facts shows that it’s Wisconsin’s progressive groups that have the true unsavory connection—taking money from a self-confessed Nazi-sympathizer.


According to a press release dated November 12, 2009, liberal billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Institute awarded a $470,000 grant to “groups in Wisconsin to monitor federal stimulus spending, encourage public participation in state-level decisions, and advocate for an equitable distribution of recovery funds.”1 The Wisconsin groups receiving the grant include:


  • Citizen Action Wisconsin Education Fund
  • Good Jobs and Livable Neighborhoods (a project of Citizen Action Wisconsin)
  • WISDOM (statewide parent network for the Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH))
  • Voces de la Frontera
  • Midwest Environmental Advocates
  • Institute for Wisconsin’s Future
  • Institute for One Wisconsin


For over three months, a pro-rail alliance consisting of these very groups has staged numerous rallies and protests against Governor Scott Walker’s fulfillment of his campaign pledge to kill the Madison-Milwaukee high-speed rail project. The rail project, funded by an $810 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was designed to artificially create jobs by way of a massive government spending project that neither the federal government or the state Wisconsin could afford. Wisconsin voters rebuked the expensive rail project by electing Governor Walker on November 2, 2010.


The protests against Walker masquerading as a true grassroots movement is a sham. The truth is that the protests against Walker are fueled by hard-core liberal activists and organizers funded by George Soros to ensure that every stimulus project be completed regardless of fiscal sense or the will of the voters.


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