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Fitzgerald Cited for Campaign Violation

His campaign committee agreed to $3,600 settlement, but hasn’t paid the fee.

By - Feb 13th, 2021 12:47 pm
Scott Fitzgerald. (Public Domain).

Scott Fitzgerald. (Public Domain).

Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s campaign committee agreed to a $3,600 settlement last October for accepting excessive campaign contributions, but never forked over the cash, campaign finance records show.

Fitzgerald’s settlement was part of $5,448 in forfeitures paid by the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate (CERS), which is one of four legislative campaign committees run by legislative leaders, in this case Fitzgerald, to raise money to pay for elections.

A settlement agreement between Scott Fitzgerald for Senate and the Wisconsin Ethics Commission shows the campaign agreed to pay $3,600 stemming from excessive contributions from four individuals and three political action committees (PACs) between 2015 and 2018.

Individuals and PACs may not contribute more than $2,000 to a state Senate candidate in a four-year election period. The excessive individual and PAC contributions to Fitzgerald each exceeded the limit by $50 to $1,000, for a total overage of $3,600.

Coinciding with Fitzgerald’s settlement was a separate agreement between CERS and the Ethics Commission for $1,848. The CERS settlement was for a violation of campaign finance laws that occurred when the committee’s main fund accepted two corporate campaign contributions totaling $1,234 in 2018 that are required to be placed in CERS’ segregated fund.

The commission received a check from CERS on Oct. 19 for $5,448, which covered the Fitzgerald and CERS settlements, along with a note that read, “Fitzgerald and CERS penalty and Fitz will be repaying CERS. I didn’t have his checkbook.”

However, a review of campaign finance reports from last fall through the end of 2020 showed no $3,600 repayment from Fitzgerald’s campaign committee to CERS had been made.

So, the settlement wasn’t much of a penalty. It only matched the total amount of excess contributions Fitzgerald’s campaign received and had the benefit of using for years and has not repaid CERS for covering.

One thought on “Campaign Cash: Fitzgerald Cited for Campaign Violation”

  1. GodzillakingMKE says:

    Lazy bloated entitled to power and useless. He’s not even good at making us snowflakes cry. Only problem is he’s not orange

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