John Pudner, a former political consultant who worked to elect Republicans in Virginia and Alabama and President George W. Bush in 2000, said if he were advising Walker, he would hold off on further action until Lindberg is either convicted or cleared. If Lindberg were convicted, Walker should make a gesture and give away some of what the mega-donor contributed to the congressman’s affiliated committees, Pudner said.
“I think you make a good faith effort to figure out how much you benefited from this,” said Pudner, now president of Take Back Action Fund, a nonprofit working to reduce the political influence of big money. “Put out a press release and say, ‘Hey, we want to avoid any appearance of impropriety. Therefore we believe we can …’ and pick a figure.”