Extra! Green appeals, but we don't know what
Seth Zlotocha probably thought he was being funny when he wrote on Monday about Mark Green's court case:
I'm also giving 5 to 1 odds that tomorrow's Journal Sentinel article on the decision will focus on the subsequent appeal should the ruling go against Green -- and I wouldn't even put it past the news editors to run the story in the Metro section.It turns out he was prescient, although wrong about placement; the story did run on page one.
But he got the spin and the headline right:
Green plans appealWhat's missing? Well, now a judge -- not just the State Elections Board -- has said that Green has $467,000 in illegal special interest money in his campaign.
Judge rules against him on funds; state high court is next
Madison - Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Green vowed Monday to take his fight to spend $467,844 in out-of-state donations to the state Supreme Court, after a Dane County judge upheld an Elections Board order that he divest himself of the money.
Green campaign aides said they will ask the state Supreme Court to take the controversy directly, bypassing the Court of Appeals. The Green campaign promised to put $467,844 from political action committees in a separate account and not spend it, pending a Supreme Court ruling.
You wouldn't know that from the story. The words "illegal" or "broke the law" or "violated the law" don't appear in the story.
We do get this choice, pull-out quote from Green: "Today's ruling did not give us more clarity"
Really? It seemed pretty clear. A judge agreed with the Elections Board and said Green's PAC money is illegal.
The story tells us that the judge is a Doyle appointee, but doesn't say he got the case after Green asked for a different judge; the first one was not a Doyle appointee. And its analysis of the Supreme Court fails to make it clear that there are four Republicans and three Democrats on the court. Instead, we're told:
The justices' partisan loyalties have been blurred by recent decisions, with key votes being cast by Justice Pat Crooks and Justice Patience Roggensack.The kinds of cases they've split off on are about issues like caps on malpractice awards, not partisan issues. Crooks and Roggensack are both Republicans.
The AP plays it straighter:
Judge: Elections Board correctly ordered Green to forfeit moneyEarlier: Green loses in court; conspiracy continues.
By RYAN J. FOLEY
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Elections Board correctly ordered Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Green to get rid of $468,000 in campaign donations from political action committees not registered in Wisconsin, a judge ruled Monday.
Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess rejected Green's request for an injunction to stop the board's order from going into effect. He said Green wasn't likely to prevail on the merits of his case.
"The bottom line is that the Elections Board reached the correct result, regardless of the infirmities, if any, in its process," he wrote...
The board said the money violated Wisconsin campaign finance laws requiring committees to be registered here.
UPDATE: Green finds the missing $467,000.