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Trump Supporter Picked For Elections Commission

Fitzgerald appoints Bob Spindell, GOP donor and supporter of Voter ID law, to state commission.

By - Oct 21st, 2019 04:59 pm
Vote here ward(s) 246, 297, 298. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Vote here ward(s) 246, 297, 298. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

supporter of the state’s controversial Voter ID law and former Republican National Committee delegate has been appointed to the state’s partisan elections board.

The appointment of Bob Spindell was announced Thursday by GOP Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. Spindell, whose appointment must be approved the Republican-controlled state Senate, replaces outgoing commissioner Jodi Jensen.

Spindell is a senior vice president with the Milwaukee office of Gottesman Co., one of the nation’s largest mergers and acquisitions firms. Spindell is also a member of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission.

As a 2016 delegate to the Republican presidential convention, Spindell supported President Trump’s nomination.

Between January 2010 and July 2018, Spindell contributed nearly $8,000 to legislative and statewide candidates – all Republicans. Top recipients of Spindell’s contributions were:

Former Gov. Scott Walker, about $2,000

Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, $675

Former GOP Sen. Leah Vukmir, of Brookfield, $550

The six-member Wisconsin Elections Commission enforces the state’s elections laws. Four members are chosen by Democratic and Republican legislative leaders, and two members are appointed by the governor, subject to Senate approval. The appointees serve staggered five-year terms.

2 thoughts on “Campaign Cash: Trump Supporter Picked For Elections Commission”

  1. ebstevens says:

    I am a Progressive, as left as they get, but I hate the double standard. The commission is split 50/50 Dem and Rep. So I checked contribution history for Gov. Evers’s first appointee, Ann Jacobs. She has donated to a lot of Dems. The big difference is that her’s are to National Candidates, Senate, and Presidential — no State candidates. She did not donate to any Governor’s campaign. That is the difference and an important one.

  2. Mingus says:

    There are three amendments in our constitution that relate to voting rights in addition to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 yet Republicans continue to do everything possible to keep people from voting.

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