Party keeping inaugural donations
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov.-elect Scott Walker plans on giving any excess money raised for his inauguration to his campaign fund and the state Republican Party instead of to charity.
Outgoing Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle donated all the extra money raised for his two inaugurations to the Boys and Girls Clubs.
No taxpayer money goes to the lavish inaugural ball and corresponding events surrounding a new governor taking office. Instead, the campaigns solicit private donations.
Inevitably, money is left over even after all the expenses are paid.
In 2006, Doyle raised $676,000 and roughly half of that was donated.
Walker spokeswoman Jill Bader says he is holding a fundraiser so all the money raised must be publically reported.
Walker intends to keep 25 percent and give 75 to the state party.