Walker campaign owes state over $67,000 for security costs so far

by Greg Neumann, WKOW

 

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker's (R-Wisconsin) presidential campaign racked up $125,144 in security costs through June 27, $67,281 of which has yet to be paid back to the state.

Gov. Walker's office released those figures Friday in response to a public records request submitted by 27 News and several other media outlets.

The total cost includes all political travel-related expenses incurred by members of the state Dignitary Protection Unit (DPU) while providing security for Gov. Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker.
 

 

Walker's campaign and his political action committee - Our American Revival - have combined to pay back $57,864 to the state so far. In a release to 27 News, Gov. Walker's office stated that the balance will be reimbursed in full, but did not give a timetable for the repayment.

One Democratic state lawmaker told 27 News there is no excuse for the remaining unpaid balance.

“When the rest of us have bills, we have to pay them in a timely manner. Apparently, Governor Walker thinks this does not apply to him," said Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point). "The governor charged over $125,000 to Wisconsin taxpayers as he jet-setted around the country running for president, and he hasn’t even paid half of that back."

Gov. Walker's office has yet to provide any information on the political travel-related expenses incurred by DPU members from June 28 through September 21, when his campaign officially ended.   
There is no requirement in state law that any of the DPU travel costs be reimbursed, but a spokesperson announced the campaign would pay the money back in late April - shortly after legislative Democrats raised concerns about Walker's increased out-of-state travel.

Minutes after Gov. Walker's office released those figures, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation released the cost of the Governor's trade missions to western Europe and Canada earlier this year.

The April trade mission to western Europe - which included visits to Germany, France and Spain - cost state taxpayers $117,304. The June trade mission to Canada cost $29,471.