BIPARTISAN POLITICAL MISCHIEF
Within 24 hours, two of the most respected members
of the Wisconsin State Legislature are found to have
tried to get around the law, and state government
in Wisconsin takes another hit for dishonesty and
secrecy. How stupid is that?
First, a state appeals court ruled state Sen. John
Erpenbach violated Wisconsin's open records law by
blacking out the names of citizens who contacted his
office about Act 10. Erpenbach said he was trying
to protect people who contacted him about an issue
important to them. We understand. But those are public
records. The public has a right to know who contacts
an elected official. It's the law.
Second, state Sen. Mike Ellis was caught on camera
discussing setting up an illegal political action
committee to orchestrate attacks on his democratic
opponent. This is the same Sen. Ellis who distinguished
himself as an advocate for campaign finance reform
including co-sponsoring reform measures with…that's
That's what makes these episodes so maddening.
Both these guys know better.