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Scott Walker Broke Campaign Rules In College

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Back during his college days, Walker ran for president of Marquette University's student government. On Monday The Huffington Post noted (via American Bridge) that while running for president of Associated Students at Marquette University (ASMU), Walker began campaigning for the top college office job before school rules said candidates could begin. According to the Marquette Tribune in Feb. 2, 1988:

Potential ASMU presidential candidate Scott Walker was found guilty of illegal campaigning in a grievance hearing before members of the elections commission Monday night.

By speaking before a meeting of the Delta Chi fraternity Jan. 24, Walker, an arts and sciences sophomore, violated the rule which states, "No campaigning may begin before a candidate is registered," the committee ruled.

Candidates were allowed to start campaigning on Feb. 3. As punishment for Walker's overly eager move he was not allowed to start campaigning until Feb. 4. Another Marquette Tribune story a few days later reported that Walker delivered a campaign speech titled "Scott Walker for ASMU President" a few hours before he was allowed to start campaigning.

In response to the first report on campaign misconduct Walker didn't complain.

"I found no fault in their decision," Walker said referring to the campus elections commission's decision to make him wait an extra day before he could start campaigning. "All it does is limit me for one day."