Did Walker Get Contributions From Beyond the Grave?

September 17, 2015

Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s latest state campaign finance report shows he received contributions from a California man who appears to have died before the contributions were made.

Walker’s fundraising and spending report for the first six months of 2015 by his gubernatorial campaign shows he received two contributions of $100 on Feb. 18 and May 8 from Martin Anderson of Palo Alto, Calif. The report listed Anderson’s occupation as “retired.”

An earlier campaign finance report filed by the governor shows that a Martin Anderson at the same address as the one listed in his 2015 report gave Walker $500 on March 14, 2012. The 2012 fundraising and spending report lists Anderson’s occupation and employer as a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, Calif.

However, the Hoover Institution’s website says the Martin Anderson who worked for them passed away on Jan. 3, 2015.

The site also shows Martin’s wife, Annelise, also works at the Hoover Institution. Annelise Anderson has no history of campaign contributions to Wisconsin candidates.