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Natural Resources Board Chair Supports Republicans

Fred Prehn, Walker appointee who refuses to step down, gave $35.000 to GOP candidates.

By - Aug 18th, 2021 11:58 am
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The controversial chair of the Natural Resources Board, who has refused to step down after his term ended, and his wife have made about $34,900 in campaign contributions since January 2010 – all to Republican and conservative candidates for legislative and statewide offices.

Fred Prehn, who was appointed to the board by former GOP Gov. Scott Walker, was expected to step down after his six-year term ended May 1. But Prehn has refused to do so until the Republican-controlled Senate confirms Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’s nominee to replace him.

Prehn, a Wausau dentist and cranberry farmer, was elected in January to his third term as chairman of the board, which sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources. The seven-member board is currently made up of four Walker appointees and three Evers appointees.

Prehn presided over a meeting Wednesday when the board voted 5-2 to approve a fall wolf hunt and increased the quota to be killed from 130, which was recommended by DNR staff, to 300.

Prehn and his wife, Linda, contributed $34,865 between January 2010 and December 2020 – all to Republican and conservative candidates for statewide office and the legislature.

Top recipients of the Prehns’ contributions were:

Walker, $19,640,

GOP Sen. Jerry Petrowski, of Marathon, $2,566,

Former GOP Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, $2,500,

Former Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel, $2,500,

GOP Rep. Patrick Snyder, of Schofield, $2,150.

Categories: Politics

3 thoughts on “Campaign Cash: Natural Resources Board Chair Supports Republicans”

  1. joerossm says:

    Just to clarify that 5-2 vote in favor of the fall wolf hunt, DNR board member Sharon Adams has said she erroneously voted yes and does not favor a kill quota of 300 wolves. So the vote should have been 4-3. With Prehn gone, a wolf hunt might not take place at all.

  2. NieWiederKrieg says:

    Attorney General Josh Kaul is the most worthless piece of garbage walking on two legs in the State of Wisconsin. Did someone just give Kaul a swift kick in order to get him to start doing his job?

    File more law suits against Fred Prehn and the GOP, Mr. Kaul. Do your job.

  3. GodzillakingMKE says:

    Get rid if these treasonous Republican filth.

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