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Resource ID: #18736
Subject: Campaign Finance
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.)
Date: 2001-05-20



A Wisconsin State Journal investigation reveals that "four state government agencies costing taxpayers $3.9 million a year were operating as extensive and possibly illegal campaign machines on behalf of lawmakers and candidates selected by the legislative leaders." The series also finds that a political group used a taxpayer-funded office to prepare "smear campaigns" against Democratic politicians; Democratic lawmakers and legislative employees have used their taxpayer-funded jobs to prepare election campaigns and solicit contributions; that a top Republican leader hired a staff member whose only job was to raise money and coordinate donations. The state Ethics Board has failed to stop and punish the ongoing political corruption, the State Journal reports.

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