Monday, July 31, 2006

Investigation now isn't even a review

The "review" of a meeting between then-DOA Secretary Marc Marotta and a donor to Gov. Jim Doyle's campaign -- announced by AG Peg Lautenschlager's spokesman last week -- is not what he said it was. Not at all.

Mike Bauer, who runs the AG's legal services division with one hand and her campaign with the other, said the AG and the US Attorney were working together on a review, which could lead to a full-scale investigation.

Now Bauer says the AG has turned it over to the State Ethics Board. And no mention of any involvement -- past, present or future -- by the US Attorney.

A review by the Ethics Board is a far cry from a federal investigation, as Bauer well knows.

Funny he didn't offer that until pressed today about a possible conflict of interest for his boss, since Lautenschlager took $5,000 from the Doyle donor's wife and Bauer introduced him to the State Investment Board.

If there were any doubt about the political games being played in the AG's office, this should be the final piece of evidence.

Apparently, Bauer neglected to mention that the Ethics Board is also investigating Lautenschlager.


At 9:05 PM, Blogger Kinda Cranky said...

I am glad that someone finally pointed out this dual nature of Mr. Bauer. I read a story (I thought out of Manitowoc or Sheboygan about a debate involving all 4 AG candidates and Bauer was there for Lautenschlager. I am sure he was on state time. What is up with that?? Why wasn't that the headline in the wake of the Jensen verdict?

At 7:08 AM, Blogger goofticket said...

If the US Attorney, who answers to noone, other than U.S. Atty. General Gonzalez, and federal courts, has deccided not to persue an investigation it appears that there is not enough evidence to do so.
If there were hard evidence of criminal activity, the US Atty would press the issue. Mr. Bauer would have very little influence on such a decision.
Implying that this post shows some 'evidence' of skullduggery is clearing biased and just another personal attack.
If there is evidence then contact the US Atty and provide that information to that office. If you know of a crime, then report it. If you are just blowing political smoke, then inhale deeply and hold it in your will feel better in a few moments.

At 8:48 AM, Blogger Xoff said...

Goofticket, try reading the post again. You seem to have it backwards.

My point is that there was no basis for an investigation, and that Bauer and Lautenschlager were acting politically -- after being criticized by one of Lautenschlager's opponents -- by leading people to believe the AG and US attorney were investigating. In fact, they were not.


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