I cannot say that I am very surprised. Governor Doyle’s friends on the State Elections Board changed a rule about campaign donations that only effect Mark Green’s campaign. To make matters even more partisan, they made the rule retroactive.
Mark Green legally transferred funds from his congressional account to his gubernatorial account and followed the rules that were in place at that time. This transaction took place in January of 2005.
Today the State Elections board made some of the PAC funds that Green transferred illegal and made the rule retroactive. Funds that were transferred legally a year and a half ago are no longer legal today. About $150,000 to $200,000 can no longer be used by the Green campaign.
Just this past Friday, an attorney for the State Elections Board stated:
The memo was written in response to a complaint from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which argued Green was $156,140 over the state limit of $485,000 in political action committee donations. The WDC also said Green should not be allowed to spend nearly $468,000 in money received from PACs not registered in Wisconsin.But Dunst said in the memo that the money in question was raised by Green as a member of Congress and therefore not counted under the limit for candidates for governor. The clock on counting contributions for Green's race for governor started on Jan. 1, 2005, Dunst said.Wisconsin has no law that counts money raised in one campaign as donations received for another when it is carried over, Dunst said.
The State Elections Board changed this rule today to benefit Jim Doyle.
This is ludicrous.
I am calling on every single person who is a Green supporter to do two things.
Donate to Mark Green’s Campaign if you can. Donate the maximum $10,000 if you can. If you cannot donate any money, the Green campaign would gladly use you for lit drops, making phone calls or distribute yard signs!
Call the state elections board. Call your state senators and representatives. It is time to throw a hissyfit!
I have never heard of any state elections board every pulling this kind of stunt before. This will end up in court. In the meantime, we must elect an new governor.
With this little stunt that the Jim Doyle and state elections board pulled today, this is proof positive that Jim Doyle and the State Elections board are completely corrupt!