Wisconsin Firefighters Shut Down Bank That Funded Walker

By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd
AlterNet

UPDATE: Stranded Wind over at DailyKos has photos of the protest outside M&I, and says the ante has been upped to $600,000! ‘What these pictures show are six hundred ordinary citizens descending on the M&I branch near the Wisconsin Capitol after learning of their purchase of the gubernatorial election last November. Two firefighters with old school ideas about saving had over $600,000 between the two of them and they demanded cashier’s checks on the spot.’ See We’re Going To Destroy A Bank.

Everybody knows the GOP’s biggest weakness is money, so why not hit ’em in the sweet spot? That’s what many amazing Wisconsin firefighters did yesterday when they collectively began withdrawing their funds from Madison’s M&I Bank — whose executives and board members were among the highest donors to Governor Scott Walker’s campaign.

Heeding a call by Firefighters Local 311 President Joe Conway to ‘Move your money,’ union members withdrew over $100,000 from the bank, with some reports stating that number is as high as $192,000. Either way, it was a hefty enough chunk of change that M&I shut its doors and closed for the day at 3PM.

This is a very simple, very peaceful way to inflict some serious damage on the money-grubbers; super kudos to the Firefighters Union.

Anecdoctally — ‘M&I Bank received $1.7 billion in bailout money via President George W. Bush’s Troubled Assets Relief Program. The bank was acquired by the Bank of Montreal in December of 2010 for $4.1 billion in stock,’ reports Dane101.

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OK, here is a fine link on who needs a spank over all of this – Scott Walker Watch’s Boycott list. Spread this far and wide.

3 responses to “Wisconsin Firefighters Shut Down Bank That Funded Walker

  1. PEOPLE POWER – YEA MAN!

  2. Despciable!
    My goodness, the tactics used by these thugs is getting out of hand — to put a bank out of business for supporting the other guy? Imagine if this had been done by Republicans towards a bank that supported a successful Democrat candidate? The outcry would be on every MSM news show, calling for their heads!

  3. How exactly did this bank “fund Walker”???

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