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Shadowy funders built liberal war chest to unseat Wisconsin governor

A few wealthy, anonymous donors funded a liberal activist group working on the failed recall of Wisconsin’s governor, Watchdog.org has learned.

Nearly 75 percent of the money funneled into the Center for Media and Democracy during 2011 and 2012 came from just a few donors whose names have been redacted from tax forms obtained by Watchdog.

CMD has said, “Most of CMD’s supporters are individual donors who give $5 or more a year to help support the Center’s general operations.”

Those “operations” included contributing to the unsuccessful but expensive effort by liberals and labor unions to unseat GOP Gov. Scott Walker in 2011 following his successful reform of Wisconsin’s public-employee benefits system.

CMD remains in the thick of things, recently using its own blog to cheerlead the Democratic district attorney of Milwaukee for launching a secret investigation of Walker’s conservative supporters.

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