Statement from Rep. Barca on widening scandal surrounding hunter training grant
Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today following a news report that 18 Republican legislators signed a letter advocating for a Republican political group with no hunter training experience to receive a $500,000 Sporting Heritage Grant.
MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today following a news report that 18 Republican legislators signed a letter advocating for a Republican political group with no hunter training experience to receive a $500,000 Sporting Heritage Grant through the recently enacted state budget and $450,000 in every subsequent budget:
“As if Republicans using the budget – and Gov. Walker using his veto pen – to direct taxpayer money to a political ally was not bad enough, it now appears this deal is even more widespread and more unseemly than we initially knew. For weeks Republicans have been denying responsibility but this new letter from 18 Republican legislators lobbying for United Sportsmen to secure a sweetheart deal in the state budget shows just how extensively the Republican caucus was involved.
“These latest revelations come on top of new evidence showing United Sportsmen may have footed the bill for a fishing junket for the Republican majority leader. These revelations raise further questions of what Republican legislators knew, when they knew it and why they pushed so hard to get a half million in taxpayer money into the budget for a group with no hunter training experience.
“It’s time for all Republicans involved in this scandal to stop dodging questions about United Sportsmen and take full responsibility for their involvement. The public deserves honest answers to ensure this never happens again on Scott Walker’s watch and this fiasco deserves an immediate investigation.”
A copy of the letter signed by the 18 Republican legislators is attached here.
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