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Gov. Walker got $68,500 from corporations that outsourced jobs

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker's most recent campaign finance report shows he received money from at least 11 corporations that have outsourced jobs to other countries.

A review of donations from corporate political action committees, or PACs, shows 11 corporations that have outsourced jobs donated a total of $68,500 to Gov. Walker over the last six months.

WellPoint, one of the nation's largest health insurance companies, gave $15,000 to Gov. Walker's campaign.  Three other corporations gave $10,000 each, including Caterpillar - a designer and manufacturer of heavy machinery, 3M - a multifaceted manufacturing company based in Minnesota, and Deloitte - a national tax consulting firm. All of them donated the money through their corporate PACs.

Other corporations that donated to Gov. Walker through their PACs were Coca-Cola ($2,500), Pfizer ($5,000), PepsiCo ($2,000), J.P. Morgan Chase ($1,000), Hewlett-Packard ($3,000), General Motors ($6,000) and CenturyLink ($4,000).

U.S. Department of Labor records show those companies have had successful claims filed against them for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).  Claims for TAA benefits are only awarded to workers who can prove they are unemployed because their jobs were outsourced overseas.

Gov. Walker received more than $285,000 in total PAC donations.

The campaign finance report for Democratic Challenger Mary Burke shows she raked in over $351,000 in PAC donations, but none from corporations that outsourced jobs.  The majority of PAC donations to Burke came from national and state unions.

Outsourcing has become a heated topic of debate in the Governor's race in recent weeks. The Walker campaign has repeatedly criticized Burke for profiting off of her time as an executive at Trek Bicycle, a Wisconsin company that has outsourced jobs.

On Tuesday, the Walker campaign released its second ad in less than a week attacking Burke on the issue.

But the Burke campaign has criticized Walker, because his Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has awarded tax credits to at least two companies that have shipped Wisconsin jobs overseas.

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