An analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy shows the federal judge has ties to the Koch brothers and other conservative advocates who privately fund judicial seminars at George Mason University, reported The Progressive.
Randa attended these all-expense paid “judicial junkets” in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012, according to publicly available disclosure forms.
The disclosure form from last year has been requested but has not yet been posted online.
These seminars are funded by the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Searle Freedom Trust, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and corporations such as BP, Exxon Mobil, and Dow Chemical.
Many of those interests have long opposed limits to campaign financing, although the analysis could not establish whether campaign finance reform was a topic at any seminars Randa attended.
The seminars, which are fully paid and typically held at swanky locations, promote corporate legal interests.
No other federal district judges in Wisconsin attended the events, according to the analysis.
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) reported being the victim of a minor assault outside the Capitol Wednesday night.
The congressman told U.S. Capitol Police he was walking from the Longworth House Office Building for votes when “a random individual, unknown to the congressman, began screaming at him and grabbed his arm,” according to Duffy’s spokeswoman.
I can’t tell you how happy this makes me to see this happen to this smarmy mother #@$+er!
Paul Ryan has never offered anything of value or consequence to the laid-off workers of Janesville … until Labor Day, 2011.
As he marched with other politicians in the Janesville Labor Day parade, the congressman was confronted by Wisconsin workers who were struggling with high unemployment and bleak prospects. A man was videotaped asking what his representative planned to do to aid Ryan’s unemployed constituents.
"So what should I have to work for to get a job?" the man asked. "Should I have to work the same wages as in China? Should I have to work for $1 an hour?"
Ryan tried to brush his questioner off. But when the man persisted, saying, “C’mon, we’re all here to have a good time.”
When he was reminded that it was Labor Day, which would seem to be an appropriate time to discuss unemployment and the condition of workers, Ryan finally offered something: “Would you like some candy?” Ryan asked.
"Would you like a Packer-Badger schedule?"