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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

 5:24 PM 

Conservative activist files complaint over Butler with GAB

Conservative activist Bob Dohnal filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board today accusing Butler of violating the prohibition on receiving corporate contributions.

The complaint says Butler had previously listed the address for the law firm of Friebert, Finerty & St. John as the address for his campaign account. It says the firm received campaign contributions for Butler at its Milwaukee address, sent campaign finance reports attached to firm letterhead and submitted campaign finance reports signed by a firm employee.

Firm partner John Finerty had been Butler's campaign treasurer until recently.

The complaint says the first payment to the firm was listed in 2008. Butler's pre-primary report shows a payment of $1,000 to the firm for "fees."

The complaint also says Butler did not recuse himself from cases before the court involving representatives of the corporation. It accuses him of violating the judicial code of ethics by hearing matters involving the firm that was "illegally providing pecuniary benefit to his campaign."

The Butler campaign was still reviewing the complaint at WisPolitics' deadline. A GAB spokesman did not return a call seeking details on how the complaint would be handled.

Read the complaint:
http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/080325_Dohnal_complaint.pdf

-- By Staff

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