Walker received tens of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions from a railroad executive whose business relied on state government for millions in grants and loans.

William Gardner, President And Chief Executive Officer Of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Was Sentenced To Two Years Of Probation For Violating State Campaign Finance Laws According to the Journal Sentinel, “William Gardner, president and chief executive officer of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. and a major donor to Gov. Scott Walker, was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation for violating state campaign finance laws. Washington County Circuit Judge James Pouros also sentenced Gardner to 100 hours of community service at Tenor High School, a charter school in Milwaukee.” [Journal Sentinel, 7/7/11]

  • Complaint: Gardner Told Several Employees In 2009 And 2010 To Donate Money To Walker And File Expense Reports With The Railroad To Cover The Donations According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “According to the 12-page criminal complaint, Gardner told several employees in 2009 and 2010 to donate money to Walker and file expense reports with the railroad to cover the donations. He told them not to send their checks until they received the money from the railroad. ” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/11/11]
  • Gardner’s Railroad Company Relied On Millions In Loans And Grants From The State Of Wisconsin To Operate According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ” Gardner’s small railroad company relies on millions of dollars in grants and loans from the state to operate. ” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/12/11]