State Rep. Katrina Shankland
Press Release

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.”

By - Oct 20th, 2015 06:54 pm

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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3 thoughts on “Assembly Republicans Vote to Protect Corrupt Politicians”

  1. Scafmars says:

    What an out and out lie! The Politician Protection Act was created because Wisconsin Democrats became SO corrupt that they used the John Doe laws to attack and intimidate any innocent citizen who volunteered for Scott Walker’s campaign or people like Cindy Archer who was one of the architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10.

    You are SO corrupt that I guarantee you won’t allow this reply to be posted.

  2. Kevin Baas says:

    To be clear this was not an isolated incident, it was an organized group, of which 6 people were convicted. They were convicted because what they were doing was against the law. And they were found guilty not by some partisan hacks, as you seem to think, but by a court of law.

  3. Dave says:

    Some people are SO ‘effing stupid.

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