Railroad executive charged with campaign law violations

A major donor to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was charged recently with funneling more than $60,000 in illegal campaign contributions through his railroad employees during the last election.

William Gardner, president and chief executive officer of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co., has agreed to plead guilty to two felony counts – one for exceeding the campaign contribution limits and a second for giving company and personal funds to others so they could make political donations. Individuals can give no more than $10,000 to gubernatorial candidates.

In a statement Gardner acknowledged his mistakes, “”I made and asked others to make these contributions, and I am responsible for having the company reimburse some individuals,” Gardner stated. “My actions were against the law and wrong, and I take full responsibility.”

Click here to read the full article from Congressional Quarterly.

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