A record showing is predicted for the protests that are scheduled for today in Madison, Wisconsin. Adding to the crowds that could be larger than the nearly 100,000 people who protested in Madison on February 26 will be a host of teachers from Minnesota showing solidarity, thousands of farmers who will drive their tractors to the capital, and the 14 Democratic Senators, who are expected to speak this afternoon.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Democratic Senators have seen a large spike in fundraising since they left the state and that fundraising accelerated after the passage of the anti-union bill. Here is how the Journal-Sentinel puts it:
But the fight over collective bargaining has also helped Democrats fill their coffers. The state Democratic Party raised $300,000 in less than a day after the Senate vote, party Chairman Mike Tate said. That brings to $800,000 the total the party has raised in recent days.
The fundraising arm of Democratic Senate candidates has taken in nearly $750,000 since Democrats fled the state.
“I have confidence that although we lost the battle, we may win the war through the ballot box,” Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) said in an interview in Grayslake, Ill.
For their part, Republicans have a big fundraiser planned for Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The event costs $1,000 per person to attend. State legislative leaders for the GOP are being featured at the fundraiser.
That’s right, the Republicans are raising money to protect themselves from recall efforts in by wining and dining bigwigs Washington. How appropriate that they should be rewarded for their efforts to make labor cheaper for billionaires – the only thing that is amazing about it is that it is not called graft.
Good luck everyone!