Unions own the Wisconsin Dems 

No wonder Democratic members of the Wisconsin state senate fled the state to prevent the Republican majority from having a quorum and being able to pass Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to bring the state's public employees into the real world with the rest of us.

Data compiled by MAPLight.org shows public sector unions contributed more than $130,000 to state legislative Democrats, with more than $70,000 of the total going to the Senate Democrats. Republican members of the Wisconsin legislature received only $8,050 from the public sector unions.

The total for the Senate Democrats is slightly deceiving, though, because one of their number, Spencer Coggs, mounted an unsuccessful campaign for Lt. Gov. and received more than $59,000 for that effort from the public sector unions.

Walker received one contribution from one of the unions, $100 from the Milwaukee Police Association Union.

Earlier today, the 14 Democrats boarded a bus and headed across the Wisconsin/Illinois state line to a Best Western Hotel where at least one of their number began tweeting that the group left the state so they would be "standing with the people of Wisconsin."

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