MADISON (WKOW) -- State campaign finance records show UW-Madison political science professor Kenneth Mayer was paid $6,500 as a consultant to state supreme court justice David Prosser's campaign committee.
Records show Mayer was paid Jun. 27. In June, Prosser was declared the winner of his April election race against challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg after a statewide recount.
Mayer's resume lists him as UW-Madison Data and Computation Center director. Mayer told WKOW27 News his consulting work for Prosser's campaign committee involved monitoring and analyzing statistical outcomes from counties during the weeks-long recount process.
Before the election, Mayer was quoted at times as an expert on the upcoming Prosser-Kloppenburg race. In a March 23 story in the Capital Times, he cautioned an expected voter turnout boost for Kloppenburg over controversial collective bargaining limits could also be a turnout factor for Prosser. "Just because of the fact that we can't see it here doesn't mean it's not happening."
During the recount process, Mayer's statistical analysis of the expected outcome was published in a Prosser campaign news release.
Mayer told WKOW27 News his previous consulting work involved Arizona's now-overturned campaign public financing law and other projects, but not work for a campaign committee.
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