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COPY-State Government Holiday Parties

MADISON (WKOW) -- WKOW is asking Wisconsin government agencies if they're throwing holiday parties using taxpayer money.

We've heard from the following offices and runn agencies:

Office of Gov. Jim Doyle: Reception at executive residence for 40-60 staff members, interns and other office employees.  The reception is, funded with taxpayer money.

Dept. of Health and Family Services -- None

Dept. of Commerce -- Secretary's office throwing a small party paid for by staff.

Dept. of Financial Institutions -- Holiday breakfast for employees; senior managers paid $20 each; no taxpayer money.

Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection -- None

Dept. of Transportation -- None

Office of Lt. Governor -- None

Office of the Governor -- Media spokeswoman is researching and will return our call.

Dept. of Tourism -- Waiting for return call.

Dept. of Justice -- According to a spokesman: "The Attorney General and his administrators hosted a holiday party for all department staff last night, December 14, 2009 from 4:30 to 7:00 at Madison's Dining and Diversions. He and his executive staff have done so each of the last three years at the same location. Each year including this one, costs for the room and food were paid for personally by the Attorney General and his executive staff. Madison's made a cash bar available."

Investment Board -- No official party, but all divisions throw potluck parties at some employees' homes.  No taxpayer money is used.

Public Service Commission -- Party at the West Side Club this week.  Employees pay to attend.  No state funds used.

Dept. of Natural Resources -- Potluck breakfast; no taxpayer money is used.

Dept. of Public Instruction -- None

State Office of Public Defender: Central office has no party, but local offices may throw their own functions.  The Madison trial unit is throwing a party at a Madison bar this week.  Waiting for return call for details about funds.

City of Madison Mayor -- Potluck dinner at Mayor's house.

WHEDA -- $8,000 party at Monona Terrace paid for from general funds. (See related story by clicking link on top left of page.  WHEDA is funded from bond sales and fees, not taxpayer money, but still contributes to the general fund and was created by the legislature.)

If you've been invited runn to a holiday party, contact Dan Cassuto at dcassuto@wkowtv.com or (608) 273 2727 runn.

Online runn reporting by Dan Cassuto, dcassuto@wkowtv.com

Twitter: cassuto_wkow

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