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Ethics Commission member resigns, says structure ensures 'nothing will get enforced'

A Dem appointee to the state Ethics Commission is resigning today, saying it’s become apparent the body won’t regulate campaign finance laws adequately.

Robert Kinney, who made the announcement in a news release, told WisPolitics.com in a phone interview he’s sending resignation letters to Gov. Scott Walker and Commission Chair Peg Lautenschlager. He said the commission, which is made up of partisan appointees, is set up in a way that will ensure “nothing will get enforced.”

“It isn’t going to work, because the membership appears to me to be unwilling to concentrate on enforcement in a nonpartisan way,” said Kinney, a former Oneida County circuit judge.

During its closed session last week, the commission dismissed a complaint the ADCC filed against the RACC after the GOP committee did not file a campaign finance report for the pre-primary period.

Kinney said he couldn’t comment on that decision or whether it contributed to his resignation.

But he pointed to an October vote from three commissioners to remove the words “furthering Wisconsin’s tradition of clean and open government” from the commission’s mission statement.

The commission split 3-3 on that vote, effectively keeping that language in the commission’s annual report because it didn’t get the required four votes. GOP appointee Pat Strachota, a former state rep, joined Kinney and another Dem appointee on that vote. One of the Dem appointees, David Halbrooks, voted with two GOP appointees to remove that language.

“When you want to take out Wisconsin’s tradition of clean and open government, to me, that’s a frightening prospect, and it shows that there’s either no commitment to or a misunderstanding of the purpose of this agency,” he said.

See the release

-- By Polo Rocha

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify the results of the October vote.


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