Last month when 7th District Republican Congressman Sean Duffy announced he wouldn’t be a candidate for U.S. Senate next year, Wisconsin Democrats were practically giddy. Duffy was considered the favorite to win the GOP nomination if he entered the race. With him out of the picture, liberals seem to feel Senator Tammy Baldwin has a much easier 2018 path to re-election(a dubious position given the strong field of other potential Republican candidates). It is perhaps that confidence that has Baldwin associating with the very far left wing of her party.
The Democracy Alliance, which is aligned with billionaire Democratic donor George Soros, is sponsoring an event in Washington DC this week dubbed: ” A Time for Action: Rebuilding and Resisting.” Baldwin was one of the featured guests Wednesday night at a reception at the conference sponsored by “Give Green.” Baldwin was billed as one of Give Green’s newest champions and is billed as a “featured candidate” to receive contributions on the group’s website. So what is Give Green? It’s an money raising effort for pro-environmental candidates funded by the League of Conservation Voters, which has been described as a “dark money heavyweight” by the Center for Public Integrity:
The liberal League of Conservation Voters is fast becoming one of the nation’s strongest “dark money” forces — a realm conservative groups have typically dominated.
New documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service and obtained by the Center for Public Integrity show the nonprofit League of Conservation Voters spent a record $36 million in 2012, of which more than 40 percent — nearly $15 million — came in the form of “direct and indirect political campaign activities.”
That’s up from about 25 percent in both 2010, when congressional midterm elections were held, and 2008, the last year when control of both Congress and the White House was at stake.
Baldwin’s fellow Democrat, former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, drew charges of hypocrisy for decrying “dark money sources,” while associating with LCV during his 2016 bid to unseat Republican Senator Ron Johnson.
The far left pro-environmental agenda is often seen as being harmful to business interests. That may explain why Baldwin has 32% cumulative score from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on its “How They Voted” rankings. Votes included in the rankings are Chamber-designated “key votes” recorded floor votes on issues established as priorities by the Chamber’s board of directors, on which the Chamber communicates its position prior to the vote. How far out of the mainstream does Baldwin’s score put her? She has the lowest cumulative Chamber score of any red state Democrat:
Jon Tester, MT: 47%
Sherrod Brown, OH: 33%
Joseph Donnelly, IN: 65%
Joe Manchin, WV: 59%
Claire McCaskill, MO: 49%
Baldwin’s score is closer to Massachusetts liberal Elizabeth Warren’s score, 31%. Republican Party of Wisconsin spokesperson Alec Zimmerman told Media Trackers:
“While Senator Baldwin huddles up with liberal special interests and dark money heavyweights like League of Conservation Voters, Wisconsin’s hardworking families are being crushed by over regulation from Washington. Look no further than Senator Baldwin’s record against small business showing she’d rather defend the Washington status quo than reform the system.”