Badger Meter Employees Contributed nearly $29,000 to Walker

March 9, 2015

Republican Gov. Scott Walker received nearly $29,000 in campaign contributions since the beginning of 2009 from employees of Badger Meter Inc., the location where he signed the controversial right-to-work bill into law Monday.

The proposal, which prohibits requiring workers to make payments to unions as a condition of employment, went to Walker after final legislative approval late last week.

The company’s chief executive and chairman, Rich Meeusen, publicly supported the right-to-work measure and threatened to move 120 manufacturing jobs from the company’s Brown Deer plant if the legislation failed to pass. Meeusen also tied 30 to 50 additional jobs in the future to passage of right-to-work.

Badger Meter employees contributed $28,750 to Walker’s campaign between 2009 and Oct. 20, 2014, including $17,000 from Meeusen and his wife, Maribeth.