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Justice Pat Roggensack

Justice Pat Roggensack

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack makes little secret of her ideological and partisan alliances.

She is an activist judge who has aligned herself with a conservative caucus on the court, which seeks to advance the policies of Gov. Scott Walker. And, like Walker, Roggensack has been well rewarded for her partisanship. The justice, who is seeking re-election this year, has padded her campaign accounts with donations from anti-public education campaigners.

And most of the money is coming from outside Wisconsin.

Indeed, Roggensack's contribution list reads like a who's who of the nation's most ardent advocates for "school choice" programs that divert money from public education.

The justice, who is likely if re-elected to be asked to rule on cases involving education spending and "school choice," has accepted:

* $2,050 from Alice Walton, a Wal-mart heir from Texas who has for years been one of the nation's top donors to "school choice" campaigns.

* $1,850 from Jim Walton, another Wal-mart heir from Arkansas who is a big donor to "school choice" campaigns.

* $1,750 from Lynne Walton, still another Wal-mart heir from Arkansas who is a big donor to "school choice" campaigns.

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* $2,000 from Dick DeVos, a Michigan millionaire who has funded assaults on public education nationwide.

* $1,800 from Betsy DeVos, another Michigan millionaire who has funded groups that attack public education, teachers and their unions.

These donors are not interested in Wisconsin. They are interested in using their money to influence the decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

And Pat Roggensack in more than willing to take their money. That should tell voters a great deal about the justice. 

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