Dissecting a Bad Deal

Number 27220
Subject State Government
Source Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.)
State
Year 2015
Publication Date May 17-18, 2015
Summary A Wisconsin State Journal investigation uncovered potential waste, fraud and corruption connected to a questionable state taxpayer loan to a struggling Milwaukee business owner. The investigation found Gov. Scott Walker's top cabinet secretary pushed for a loan to the business owner, a top Walker donor, who presented false information to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., which hastily bypassed the usual review process. It also found the business owner potentially committed fraud and illegally solicited campaign donations from employees. The story resulted in several changes to the agency, including the scrapping of its loan program, calls for a federal investigation and bipartisan legislation creating criminal penalties for defrauding the agency.
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Keywords wisconsin; scott walker; taxpayer; loan
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