March 7, 2003
Former Illinois Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen once said during a discussion of the defense budget, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you are talking about a lot of money." Well, in Wisconsin politics, it’s a $100,000 contribution here, another one over there, and sure enough, you are talking about a lot of political influence.
As I read the Federal Elections Commission report for contributions to the Democratic National Committee during the week of October 27-November 2, there were three entries for Charles Mathy and Mathy Construction totaling more than $300,000. Turns out it was a measly little $200,000; two for $50,000, and one for $100,000. We apologize for the mistake. Apparently my math is a little fuzzy, too.
I think $200,000 still sounds like a lot of money for a road builder to give to the Democrats a few days before the election. And I think it’s more than a little strange that everyone is talking about the money the tribes gave to the DNC and almost no one is talking about the money that poured in from Mathy, the utilities companies, and a public relations firm that is allied with Scott Jensen. But, what do I know?
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