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In a surprise move Tuesday, a federal three-judge panel told Republican legislative leaders they should consider drawing new election maps taking into account challenges from Democrats and Latinos.
The court gave the Legislature until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to decide whether it wants to revisit the maps it approved last summer. If it does not, the trial challenging the maps will resume Wednesday. If lawmakers agree to take up the maps anew, the court would give them until mid-March to approve them.
The order, coming just after the trial began Tuesday, sent the 16 attorneys in the courtroom scrambling to consult with their clients and make overtures to lawmakers and GOP Gov. Scott Walker.
A bipartisan pair of state senators has offered legislation to take redistricting out of the hands of state lawmakers and give it to an independent, nonpartisan commission.
Sens. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, and Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, are circulating the bill for co-sponsorship.
The proposal would create a commission appointed by lawmakers to redraw legislative and congressional districts every 10 years. The commission's work would require ratification by voters and would, if passed, first be used for the 2021 redistricting.
The bill would change the state constitution, requiring passage in two straight legislative sessions and approval by voters in a referendum.
4. Districts shall be reasonably compact in form, to the extent consistent with the standards established by subsections 1, 2, and 3. In general, reasonably compact districts are those which are square, rectangular, or hexagonal in shape, and not irregularly shaped, to the extent permitted by natural or political boundaries. If it is necessary to compare the relative compactness of two or more districts, or of two or more alternative districting plans, the tests prescribed by paragraphs "a" and "b" shall be used.
a. Length-width compactness. The compactness of a district is greatest when the length of the district and the width of the district are equal. The measure of a district's compactness is the absolute value of the difference between the length and the width of the district. In general, the length-width compactness of a district is calculated by measuring the distance from the northernmost point or portion of the boundary of a district to the southernmost point or portion of the boundary of the same district and the distance from the westernmost point or portion of the boundary of the district to the easternmost point or portion of the boundary of the same district. The absolute values computed for individual districts under this paragraph may be cumulated for all districts in a plan in order to compare the overall compactness of two or more alternative districting plans for the state, or for a portion of the state.
b. Perimeter compactness. The compactness of a district is greatest when the distance needed to traverse the perimeter boundary of a district is as short as possible. The total perimeter distance computed for individual districts under this paragraph may be cumulated for all districts in a plan in order to compare the overall compactness of two or more alternative districting plans for the state, or for a portion of the state.
When it comes to jobs, Wisconsin has been hurting.
Every corner of the state has its own story. In Sheboygan, Thomas Products left for Louisiana in 2009, taking 300 jobs with it. General Motors closed its Janesville plant in 2008, wiping out 5,000 more and devastating the local economy. The year before that, Tecumseh closed its doors in New Holstein and laid off 320 workers. Even Miller Brewing moved its headquarters to Chicago.
Overall, Wisconsin lost a staggering 150,000 jobs between 2007 and 2010.
ALTON • Spurred by cases in which bodies of overdose victims were moved to thwart investigations, Illinois state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, is sponsoring a bill to make unauthorized movement of a corpse a felony.
It also would criminalize something that even Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn thought was already illegal — having sex with the dead.
Beiser said he introduced the legislation at the request of Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons and other law enforcement officials. Gibbons called the relocation of overdose victims an "impediment to investigation" in several cases.
Prohibiting sex with a dead body corrects an obvious omission in the law, Beiser said.
MAZOMANIE - Cardinal Glass Industries reports it will lay off 53 workers at its Mazomanie plant effective tomorrow.
Cardinal Solar Technologies notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development with a filing last week. The plant makes tempered glass used in solar panels. It opened in 2009 to take glass made at the company’s factory in Portage and grind, drill and use heat to strengthen the glass.
(AP) MADISON, Wis. — Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate abruptly split Wednesday over competing legislation that would clear the way for a giant iron mine in Wisconsin's north woods, jeopardizing the chances of anything passing before the legislative session ends next month.How fun to once again watch the majority party screw around all session, then try to desperately ram their big ticket items through at the end of session. Some people never learn.
Assembly Republicans and a special Senate mining committee have both offered bills that would reform the state's mining permit process to help Florida-based Gogebic Taconite dig an open-pit mine in the Penokee Hills just south of Lake Superior.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald hand-picked the mining committee, but he caught members by surprise Wednesday when he threw his support behind the Assembly bill...
The Assembly bill, though, doesn't appear to have enough support among Senate Republicans to pass. With just a 17-16 majority, everyone in the GOP caucus would have to back it to pass. One of them, Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, told The Associated Press Wednesday he would not vote for it.
City, county and business officials cooperated on a strong effort, including over $100 million in public financing assistance, to try to draw Kohl's Corp.'s headquarters to downtown Milwaukee's Park East strip, Mayor Tom Barrett said Wednesday morning.
"I couldn't be prouder of the effort we made," Barrett said...
The Menomonee Falls Village Board in August approved plans to spend up to $41 million in village funds to help finance new development, including a possible Kohl's headquarters, at Woodland Prime Business Park. It is located north of Good Hope Road between Appleton Ave. and Highway 45, about five miles northeast of the current Kohl's complex.
The most quoted speech at CPAC this year was Mitt Romney's, but my vote for the most significant goes to Grover Norquist's. In his charmingly blunt way, Norquist articulated out loud a case for Mitt Romney that you hear only whispered by other major conservative leaders.
They have reconciled themselves to a Romney candidacy because they see Romney as essentially a weak and passive president who will concede leadership to congressional conservatives:
All we have to do is replace Obama. ... We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don't need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. ... We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.The requirement for president?
Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.
Frontier Airlines will cut nearly 500 Milwaukee employees - nearly half of them flight crew members based at Mitchell International Airport - as a result of a major service reduction here.
Those job cuts will occur in April, according to information Frontier filed Monday with the state Department of Workforce Development under the state's layoff notice law.
Frontier said 446 employees will be affected by the cuts, to occur between April 15 and April 30. About 230 employees are flight crew members who will be reassigned to bases outside Milwaukee, the company said in its filing.
MILWAUKEE -- Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. said it is cutting nearly half of its workforce in Milwaukee.
The company said Thursday it is eliminating about 43 of 100 jobs at its Milwaukee location.
Thermo Fisher makes laboratory reagents and performs product development in Milwaukee. A company spokesman said the work is being transferred to other Thermo Fisher locations, including a plant in Lithuania. The company said the affected Milwaukee jobs will be gone by August.
This is what one of Milwaukee's major shopping areas looks like when the nearby regional mall disappears: big empty stores, buildings with marginal tenants, and the world's largest retailer fleeing the neighborhood.
The Brown Deer Road retail strip, which runs from roughly N. 60th St. to N. 91st St./N. Swan Road, lost its biggest draw in 2003, when Northridge Mall closed after years of declining sales. There was some hope that the street would improve when new retailers later opened, including a Pick 'n Save supermarket and Menards home improvement store, which replaced part of Northridge that was demolished.
But the recession and lackluster recovery have added to Brown Deer Road's problems.
In October, a 139,600-square-foot Lowe's home improvement store at 6300 W. Brown Deer Road, in Brown Deer, closed as part of that chain's shuttering of 20 poorly performing stores.
In January, a 26,300-square-foot Stein Gardens & Gifts, 8801 W. Brown Deer Road, shut down, with the company citing unspecified challenges from operating stores in Milwaukee, Germantown and Mequon that are relatively close to one another.
Now, Walmart confirms it will close its 140,000-square-foot store, south of Brown Deer Road and west of N. 76th St., by this fall.
"With Walmart moving out, and Lowe's moving out, it's a complete disaster," said real estate investor John Josephitis, who operates two nearby strip shopping centers. "Who's next?"
While billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson may have rescued Newt Gingrich’s campaign in its early days, today, he may have just buried it.
Bloomberg News reports that Adelson, who has donated $11 million to Gingrich’s Super PAC, does not plan to send any more money Gingrich’s way. Bloomberg is citing an anonymous source “familiar with their deliberations,” though an Adelson spokesman declined to comment.
The move seems to be weeks in the making. After poor showings by Gingrich in the last several races and the re-resurgence of Rick Santorum, the former House speaker has once again been pushed to the back of the Republican field. And Adelson may be shifting his focus. According to CNN, Adelson met with Mitt Romney in Nevada last week and “assured Romney that he will be behind him 100 percent should he become the nominee.”
Newt Gingrich offered something for everyone as he struggled to revive his floundering presidential campaign at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday.
But for Gingrich, it may have been too little, too late.
The former House Speaker hit every strong note he could, railing against President Obama and Democrats on the economy, foreign policy, entitlements, energy, taxes and religion.
The audience offered Gingrich polite applause and even a standing ovation or two, but his address had none of the rabid energy enjoyed by Rick Santorum earlier in the day.
Even Mitt Romney, in a perennial struggle to appease conservatives, had lines of activists snaking around a Washington hotel hoping to get into his speech. For Gingrich, the room barely filled at this convention of Republican Party faithful.
WASHINGTON — President Obama, seeking to dampen a runaway political furor over birth control and religious liberty, unveiled a plan on Friday that is meant to calm the right’s ire about a new administration rule that would require health insurance plans — including those offered by Roman Catholic hospitals, universities and charities — to provide free birth control to female employees.
Casting himself as both “a citizen and a Christian” trying to balance individual liberty versus public health, Mr. Obama announced what administration officials called an “accommodation” that they said sought to demonstrate respect for religious beliefs. It will be similar to the path taken in several other states — particularly Hawaii — that have similar rules, but would require that insurance companies, and not religious institutions, offer contraceptive coverage at no cost...
The administration’s move won an important endorsement from Sister Carol Keehan, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, whose support the White House sees as essential to show that the policy is backed by some religious organizations. In fact, Sister Carol’s endorsement was so important that Mr. Obama called her Friday morning — along with Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood — to inform her of the compromise.
“The Catholic Health Association is very pleased with the White House announcement that a resolution has been reached that protects the religious liberty and conscience rights of Catholic institutions,” Sister Carol said in a statement. “The framework developed has responded to the issues we identified that needed to be fixed.”
Wisconsin will use a chunk of its $140 million share of a national settlement over foreclosure and mortgage-servicing abuses to help the state budget rather than assist troubled homeowners, Gov. Scott Walker and state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Thursday.
Walker and Van Hollen said the majority of the settlement amount earmarked to Wisconsin under a $25 billion proposed nationwide agreement announced Thursday still would go to aid consumers in Milwaukee and other communities struggling with the specter of home foreclosure.
But of a $31.6 million payment coming directly to the state government, most of that money - $25.6 million - will go to help close a budget shortfall revealed in newly released state projections. Van Hollen, whose office said he has the legal authority over the money, made the decision in consultation with Walker.
"Just like communities and individuals have been affected, the foreclosure crisis has had an effect on the state of Wisconsin, in terms of unemployment. . . . This will offset that damage done to the state of Wisconsin," Walker said.
Reporting from Washington— In another sign that the job market is gaining momentum, the number of workers filing for unemployment benefits fell further last week — down to levels last seen in the early months of the recession.
The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time jobless claims dropped by 15,000 to 358,000 last week, although week-to-week changes can be volatile.
Initial jobless claims averaged 418,000 in the same four-week period last year. The decline reflects the slowdown in layoffs at companies as the economy has improved and employers have shown a greater willingness to hold on to their existing workers.
Earlier this week, the Labor Department reported an increase in job openings. And last Friday, in the single most important monthly gauge of the economy, the government said employers across a broad spectrum of industries added a net total of 243,000 jobs in January, the most in nine months.
Madison - Two taxpayer-paid legislative aides who were responsible for drawing new election maps continue to work out of a law firm instead of the Capitol, even though lawmakers approved the maps six months ago.
Tad Ottman and Adam Foltz were responsible for drawing new district lines last year, and they did that work out of the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich, across the street from the Capitol. Those maps were approved in August, but they continue to work from there.
Foltz makes $50,000 a year and works from the law office most of the time. Ottman makes $79,236 a year; he declined to say how often he works at the law office. Taxpayers are paying their wages no matter which office they work from...
Ottman said Thursday he was working part of the time in Michael Best's offices because legislators continue to have questions about the new maps and that is the only place where they can be printed. He declined to say how often he worked there.
"I don't keep track of how much of the time I'm in the (law) office," Ottman said.
Ottman's boss, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), gave a different reason for Ottman working from Michael Best's offices, saying it was necessary because of the litigation. Fitzgerald said Ottman also has duties unrelated to the maps that he performs.
Some time after the maps were approved in August, Foltz returned to the Capitol for about a month, said John Jagler, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon). Foltz now works at the law office most of the time, Jagler said.
Like the legislators, Foltz and Ottman signed confidentiality agreements, which became public on Thursday. The two signed the agreements in July 2010, six months before Republicans took over the Legislature.
It said any documents they produced had to be marked as confidential and could not be shared with others. Since then, however, the panel of federal judges has ordered what they produced to be turned over to the Democrats suing them.
Their agreements say they were working at the direction of Michael Best attorneys. But Scott Fitzgerald contended Ottman answered to him.
"He does what I tell him to do and when to do it," he said.
Over most of the past decade, budget deliberations in Michigan have taken on a glum and familiar monotony: What do we cut now?
But the state that experienced an economic downturn earlier, deeper and longer than most of the rest of the country has made an unlikely discovery as its officials closed out its latest financial books: Michigan has a $457 million surplus.
Even more surprising: Revenues, which had sunk or had been mostly flat for all but one year since 2000, have grown. Not a lot, but grown.
The cost of new legislation, a massive reduction in tax revenues and a series of outstanding debts has (Wisconsin) facing a potential $143.2 million shortfall in 2013, according to numbers released Thursday by the state's Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
According to the annual analysis of the state's finances, decreases in employment, consumption and expected revenues from home sales led to a thinner-than-expected year for Wisconsin, costing state coffers more than $272.8 million.
That money, along with losses in other areas, has left the state budget more than $208 million short of the constitutionally mandated $65 million balance lawmakers are required to maintain. This could mean the state faces another budget repair bill.
Union leaders are asking Democratic candidates for governor to veto the next state budget if it doesn't restore collective bargaining for public workers, and one leading candidate - Kathleen Falk - has agreed.
Such a veto could lead to gridlock with the Legislature, particularly if Republicans continue to control one or both houses, and to possible layoffs of state workers, officials warned. Nonetheless, the move is a key strategy that union leaders are considering for undoing Gov. Scott Walker's repeal last year of most collective bargaining for public employees.
Falk, the former Dane County executive, has committed to restoring collective bargaining in the next state budget and vetoing the budget if those provisions come out. Four other Democrats, including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, said they wouldn't commit to any one strategy to accomplish that.
Falk, who received the state teachers union endorsement Wednesday at an event in the Madison suburb of Monona, said Walker used a budget-repair bill to pass the repeal of most union bargaining so it was appropriate to use a budget bill to undo it.
"I have said that I will veto a budget bill if it does not have collective bargaining," Falk said. "The way you undo (Walker's) damage is the same vehicle by which he did the damage."
1. The polity of the Catholic church is so completely divorced from its membership on the issue of birth control that provoking its leadership merely serves to highlight the church's internal dysfunction on matters of reproductive health. It's not every day you can play the right side of a 60/40 issue that also, according to polls, makes Catholic voters less likely to support GOP candidates who are defending the position of the Catholic church. There's a reason you don't see a lot of Catholic families with seven or eight or nine kids anymore, and it sure as heck isn't because of natural family planning. Most Catholic women liberated themselves of the church's position on birth control years ago.2. By going big, Obama gives himself the ability to backpedal into a position where Catholic employers are offered the ability to avoid paying for contraceptive services by using a contraceptive rider on insurance policies that employees can self-fund or have subsidized in other ways. It'll be the insurance equivalent of the funding shuffle the federal government goes through with abortion.3. Obama has handed the four remaining GOP presidential candidates an opportunity to further bludgeon themselves with another red meat issue that encourages pandering to the far right. Already, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are in a contest to see who can whack Mitt Romney the hardest over his enforcement of a law requiring emergency contraception (EC) be provided to rape victims. Of course, the EC for rape victims law is overwhelmingly supported by independent and moderate voters and 80% of women, which is the cherry on top of the sundae.
Reporting from Washington --— Rick Santorum won the Colorado GOP presidential preference straw poll, according to the Colorado Republican Party.
The victory means a trifecta tonight for the former Pennsylvania senator, who also won in Minnesota and Missouri.
It is a significant defeat for front-runner Mitt Romney, who took 60% of the vote in the Colorado’s 2008 nominating contest. John McCain, the eventual nominee, won just 18%.
The results were announced late Tuesday on CNN by Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call. Santorum was expected to finish with about 40% of the vote.
(02-07) 12:34 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court declared California's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional today, saying a state can't revoke gay rights solely because a majority of its voters disapprove of homosexuality.
In a 2-1 ruling, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Proposition 8's limitations on access to marriage took rights away from a vulnerable minority without benefiting parents, children or the marital institution.
"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples," said Judge Stephen Reinhardt in the majority opinion.
Prejudice, we are beginning to understand, rises not from malice or hostile animus alone. It may result as well from insensitivity caused by simple want of careful, rational reflection or from some instinctive mechanism to guard against people who appear to be different in some respects from ourselves.
Madison - Legislative leaders secretly developed new election maps last year to strengthen their majority, Republican lawmakers were told to ignore public comments and instead focus on what was said in private strategy sessions, according to a GOP memo that became public Monday.
Other newly released documents also show almost all Republican lawmakers signed legal agreements promising not to discuss the new maps while they were being developed...
Republicans had the maps drafted in Michael Best's Madison offices and believed the process they used granted them attorney-client privilege that would keep their communications from being disclosed publicly. But the three-judge panel has rejected that argument and said lawmakers were trying to keep too much under wraps. McLeod and two other attorneys in the case were ordered to pay nearly $17,500 last month after the court found they had filed frivolous motions trying to keep information secret.
Senate President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) said Monday he had never before been asked to sign a confidentiality agreement during his four decades in office.
He said he visited Michael Best's office to review his map last year but those at the office would not permit his aide to see it. He said the meeting lasted about five minutes.
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court is ready to announce its ruling on whether California’s same-sex marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday a three-judge panel plans to publish its long-awaited opinion on Tuesday.
Wisconsin taxpayers could find themselves digging through more receipts than usual this tax season as the state Department of Revenue makes another effort to collect taxes on out-of-state purchases.
In a letter, the department is asking taxpayers to look through their records from 2007 to 2010 to find any taxes on out-of-state purchases that may have been overlooked and send in payments by Feb. 17.
"The real mission is to help make sure (taxpayers) understand tax law and to remind taxpayers about their responsibility to pay the use tax," said Jennifer Western, executive assistant at the Department of Revenue.
Western also said the goal of the annual letter is to gain more voluntary compliance when it comes to paying sales and use tax. This latest effort comes simultaneously with a modified state income tax return. The new form notes that taxpayers are required to pay tax in cases where sales taxes were not collected at the time of purchase from an online retailer.
Republicans, once again, face a defining choice less than a month before the payroll tax holiday expires.
Should they extend the tax break for workers and blunt President Barack Obama’s campaign plan to tag them as a band of out-of-touch, intransigent do-nothings?
Or should they stiffen their collective spine and end a tax cut that many of them consider fundamentally bad policy?
It’s a dilemma that’s splitting the party and threatening to give leadership another bout of migraines.
(Reuters) - An Indiana jury convicted embattled Republican Secretary of State Charlie White in the early hours of Saturday on six out of seven felony charges including perjury, theft and voter fraud.
The jury reached its verdict at 2:28 a.m. after deliberating for about 12 hours. They acquitted White on charges of fraud on a financial institution.
White was indicted last year on seven counts stemming in part from accusations that he lied about his home address while serving on the Fishers Town Council so that he could retain a stipend.
Council members are elected to represent a district and must resign if they leave that area.
Donald Trump's endorsement of Mitt Romney may have consumed the news cycle on Thursday, but Nevada Facebook users see the endorsement as a net negative for Romney, according to a Facebook/POLITICO poll.
Forty-one percent of those surveyed said Trump's endorsement gave them a more negative view of Romney, compared with just 10 percent who said they now view him more positively. Forty-nine percent said the endorsement had no effect.
MADISON, Wis. -- A state appeals court has overturned a ruling by a Waukesha County judge that requires the Government Accountability Board to search for fake or duplicate signatures among the recall petitions targeting Gov. Scott Walker and other Republican lawmakers.
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals vacated an order that would require state election officials to be more aggressive in ferreting out fake or duplicate signatures on recall petitions.
The decision released Friday reverses a Waukesha County judge's decision and hands a victory to Democrats who wanted to intervene in a lawsuit related to recall signatures.
Madison -- Gov. Scott Walker will be meeting with Milwaukee County prosecutors about the John Doe investigation into his current and former aides.
Walker said in a statement Friday that he has hired two attorneys to represent him as he talks with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm but he will not use any public money to pay for them.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is backing off of its decision to cut off grants to Planned Parenthood, announcing in a blog post that the organization will continue to be able to apply for future grants.
“We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue,” Komen’s founder and CEO, Nancy Brinker, says in the statement. “We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics — anyone’s politics.”
If you're pro-choice, you've learned that Komen will throw its so-called mission under the bus in order to address the principles of its leaders.If you're pro-life, you've learned that Komen will throw its principles under the bus in order to keep the checks rolling in.
Former Nevada Senate hopeful and tea party favorite Sharron Angle is endorsing Rick Santorum, according to reports from NRO's Robert Costa and Fox News's Greta Van Susteren.
"Rick Santorum and I have known each other for years," Angle told Van Susteren in a statement she read on "On The Record. "He is a strong fiscal and social conservative," she said, who puts "principles above politics."
She added he is a "perfect fit ... (for the) tea party movement."
Word started leaking out in Las Vegas earlier that Donald Trump's "major announcement" is to back Newt Gingrich, and sources are confirming it to POLITICO.
The announcement is expected to come at an 12:30 p.m. press conference tomorrow that The Donald is holding.
Sub-Zero said 100 workers at its Madison plant will lose their jobs by the end of June.(It's Working? is a counter to our friends at the MacIver Institute who believe that Scott Walker's proposals are succeeding by simply telling themselves over and over again that the numbers are lying and that, in fact, It's Working!)
The privately owned company, which makes upscale refrigerators and stoves, sent a letter to state and city officials Tuesday saying it will close operations at 4717 Hammersley Road on June 29.
Still, even as the (Gingrich) campaign professionalized, it continued to lean on the network of companies and non-profits Gingrich built after leaving Congress.
For instance, it paid $67,000 for web hosting to Gingrich Productions, which had previously received payments for web development totaling $8,400.
The campaign also paid Gingrich himself $47,000 for a list of supporters, plus another $206,000 for travel.
It’s not unusual for for campaigns to pay rent or buy lists from political committees or non-profits affiliated with the candidate, and it’s fairly common for campaigns to reimburse staffers for travel or other expenses.
But it’s unusual for a presidential candidate personally to be paid significant amounts for travel or lists — both because candidates can contribute an unlimited amount in cash or services to their own campaigns and because campaigns typically foot travel costs directly. And the Gingrich campaign did not immediately respond to questions about the payments.Who knew that being a bold Reagan conservative meant padding your wallet with your donors' money?