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5 Ga. businessman donated nearly $100k to Scott Walker campaign

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A small cadre of wealthy Georgia business executives have contributed more than $91,000 to the campaign of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, bringing the state’s total contribution to just shy of $210,000 for the year.

Wisconsin voters will decide on Tuesday whether or not to oust the Republican governor from, but opinion surveys strongly indicate the labor-stoked recall effort will have fizzled when the polls close tonight.

Its deflation was due in no small part to the disparate fundraising numbers Walker has posted, leading his Democratic rival in the cash dash by a 7-to-1 margin.

Bernie Marcus, who co-founded home improvement retailer The Home Depot in 1979, sent Walker two separate checks for $25,000 in January and April. His contribution is among the highest of any single individual contributor nationwide.

Robert Weiner, chief executive of floor manufacturer Constantine Commercial, gave $16,000 stretched across three checks; Jim Stephenson, chief executive of Caterpillar retailer Yancey Bros. Co., contributed $10,000; Thomas C. Weller, a Atlanta investor, donated $10,000; and Jay M. Davis, chief executive of beverage distributing giant National Distributing Company, contributed $5,000.

Another 11 Peach Staters contributed sums larger than $1,000 but less than the marker Davis set. Together they netted more than $15,000 for Bay State bid.

In total, Georgians gave Walker’s campaign $209,864.50, according to Tipsheet’s accounting of campaign finance disclosures aggregated by the National Institute on Money.

- James Richardson