Walker Appointed Judge Who Contributed to Him

September 16, 2015

An Eau Claire lawyer contributed $4,000 to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign at around the same times he was appointed by the governor to be a county district attorney in 2012 and a circuit judge this summer.

Campaign finance reports show Walker’s campaign recorded a $1,000 contribution by Brian Wright on June 15 of this year, about six weeks before Wright was appointed by the governor in late July to fill an Eau Claire County circuit judge vacancy. The date of the contribution was also three days after the circuit judge who Wright replaced announced her resignation for family reasons. Wright was one of two applicants for the judgeship. The other applicant, Eau Claire attorney Emily Long, has made no contributions to Walker, according to campaign finance reports.

Wright’s contribution, which came in a non-election year, was the first by him to Walker’s campaign since 2012 when Wright was appointed Eau Claire County district attorney by the governor. Walker’s campaign records show Wright made four contributions totaling $3,000 between December 2011 and May 2012. Walker appointed Wright as district attorney in March 2012 to fill out the term of the previous district attorney who stepped down in December 2011.

Wright did not appear to make campaign contributions to Walker or any other state or legislative candidates before December 2011, according to a review of campaign finance reports.

Wright served only about nine months as district attorney before losing a bid in the November 2012 elections for his own four-year term.