My goodness, the folks at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign have got themselves worked into a tizzy again.
Today's press release triumphantly exclaims-
State Supreme Court Candidate Annette Ziegler violated state campaign finance law by accepting more than $10,000 from an individual contributor in an election cycle, according to records reviewed by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.
Come to find out, it looks like it may have just been an oversight-
Campaign finance reports filed by Ziegler with the State Elections Board show a relative, R. Douglas Ziegler, made contributions to Annette Ziegler of $500 and $6,000 on June 10 and December 7, 2006 and $4,000 on January 5, 2007. Her reports show she did not return the illegal excess to the donor.
The super duper excessive amount of $500 was given on June 10. It appears someone may have forgotten that they had given $500 over 6 months earlier.
There is a simple fix to this problem. The Ziegler campaign can just give the $500 back. Campaigns give money back all the time.
I am all for following campaign finance laws, but this is quite a bit of drama for something that may have been a simple mistake that is easily correctable.
You know, it is one thing for the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign to be a campaign watchdog. It is something entirely different for the WDC to behave like an excitable puppy, which piddles on himself; ever time there is some excitement at the front door.
Bad puppy- stop piddling on yourself!