Scott Walker's problems with truth-telling began early, but some details are now just emerging back to the days when Walker was preparing to force budgetary and collective bargaining changes - - because the state was broke [sic].
If you're really broke, you don't have half-a-million bocks to hire a lawyer, unless, as in Walker's case, it's not your money. Reports Bill Lueders:
And you don't go on national TV shortly after you hire the lawyer at $300-an-hour, for dubious purposes, and still plead poverty.Gov. Scott Walker has agreed to pay a private law firm up to $500,000 for legal services regarding his controversial budget repair bill curbing public employees’ collective bargaining rights, a spokesman for the governor confirmed.
Walker signed a special counsel contract with the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich on Feb. 7, four days before unveiling the bill, public records show. The contract authorized payment at the rate of up to $300 an hour, to a total of $100,000.
Additional tasks, including two recent federal lawsuits challenging the bill, have since been assigned under the contract. Cullen Werwie, spokesman for the Republican governor, said the contract was amended a few days ago and “the maximum was adjusted to $500,000...”