Assembly Republicans Vote to Protect Corrupt Politicians
“From the Corrupt Politician Protection Act to Republican legislation that opens the floodgates for unlimited and undisclosed campaign donations, the integrity of our democracy is at risk.”
MADISON – This evening, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed legislation to exempt political crimes from the John Doe process, thereby making it easier for corrupt politicians to escape investigation and prosecution. In response, Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) released the following statement:
“Under the Republican Corrupt Politician Protection Act, people who commit political crimes will be exempt from John Doe investigations. This bill opens the door to political corruption and makes it more difficult to prosecute people who commit bribery, perjury, misconduct in public office, and ethics and campaign finance violations.
“This begs the question – what do Republicans have to hide? They have attacked Wisconsin’s open records law, created roadblocks to voting, gerrymandered electoral maps, pushed legislation to increase money in politics, and now have voted to exempt themselves from investigations into political crimes. Republicans are clearly dead set on holding absolute power without checks and balances.
“From the Corrupt Politician Protection Act to Republican legislation that opens the floodgates for unlimited and undisclosed campaign donations, the integrity of our democracy is at risk. The stakes have never been higher, and I encourage the people of this state to speak up and say enough is enough.”
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