Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Mark Green's grassy knoll theory

Cory Liebmann of One Wisconsin Now on the theory that Jim Doyle was the lone gunman who shot down Mark Green's illegal PAC transfer:
... [T]hings that you must believe if you accept right wing conspiracy theories regarding the recent ruling by the state Elections Board.

You must believe that the NON-PARTISAN Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is somehow a tool of a Governor that they have repeatedly criticized.

It was reported that the Libertarian member lead the charge on the board, so you must believe that the Democratic Governor somehow has control over the Libertarian Party.

You must believe that even though new members are occasionally appointed, that bodies such as the state Elections Board should never reverse anything that they have ever ruled on in the past.

You must support George Dunst in his current defense of Green's special interest money, while ignoring what Dunst said only a few years ago regarding a similar situation; "the movement of PAC money from federal to state campaign coffers, would require the PACs to be registered in Wisconsin."

You have to believe that the law is relative and only applies when it is convenient and helpful to the people that you agree with


At 10:50 PM, Blogger Ben Masel said...

And no-one's thought to interview Burns yet? '21 year old college student takes down GOP bigwig' there's not just an interview on the vote there, but an interesting feature story.

While he was appointed by the LP, believe it or not, Elections Board members are not beholden to whoever appointed them. The choice is not revocable.

His predecessor, Cory Brandt, regularly infuriated most State Libertarians, before resigning.

At 11:03 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

This from Channel 3 website:

Libertarian Elections Board Member Lashes Out At Green
Burns Says Board Decision Based On Law, Not Politics

POSTED: 2:41 pm CDT August 31, 2006

MADISON, Wis. -- The lone Libertarian member of a state board that voted to require Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Green to return campaign donations spoke out on Thursday.

Jacob Burns of Oshkosh insisted the Elections Board vote Wednesday was not based on partisan politics.

Burns joined with four other Democrats in voting for Green to return nearly $468,000 in federal political action committee donations.

Burns said he has no grudge with Green, who's taking on incumbent Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle. He said the issue was clearly a matter of law.

Green campaign manager Mark Graul argued that the Doyle administration orchestrated the board's vote.

Doyle's campaign Thursday accused Green of being arrogant because it has said it will take the issue to court before it gives back the money.

An Elections Board spokesman said it would not be appropriate for him to respond to Graul's allegations.

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

And a Wisconsin Radio Network piece with an audio clip:


At 11:00 AM, Blogger Paul_Robeson said...

Green now seems to be arguing about "enforcement" rather than the transgression itself. Judging from the JS story on Thurs. (which might as well have been written by someone in the campaign), I think he's going to say that he's the victim of selective enforcement. (This is a far cry, by the way, from saying that he simply didn't break the law.)

A good analogy: You get pulled over by a state trooper on I-90 for doing 75 m.p.h. You argue that it's unfair because, well, everyone else has been speeding for ages.

And well all know how that argument tends to work out . . .

At 1:44 PM, Blogger Harry Walker said...

I think people will look back on this and say this is where Mark Green fell into the trap Jim Doyle and democrats set for him. Here is a guy running against an incumbent who has made Jim Doyle's fund raising problems and ethical lapses the centerpiece of his campaign. Given an opportunity to do something dramatic (can you honestly think of anything more dramatic and newsworthy than a say nothing of a Washington back $500,000 dollars???)

What would a pre-emptive move like that have been worth? I'm guessing at least $500k in free press and lasting moral high ground.

At 10:21 AM, Blogger J-Rad said...

Green's been all over the map on this ethics stuff. If he would have returned the Delay money and turned this money back, he'd be golden, he could tout his ethical stand against dirty money.

Instead, he badgers Doyle and then tries to find loopholes for his own funds. I think he squandered an excellent opportunity on this issue.

Plus, the excuse of already spending the money sounds ridiculous, and they continue to use it...


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