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Capitol City Sunday: Recall rules and financing

MADISON (WKOW) -- The director of the Government Accountability Board is not ready to recommend that six "fake Democrats" be taken off the recall election ballot, despite a complaint from a Democratic attorney.

That's one subject of discussion on this weekend's edition of Capitol City Sunday.

The complaint, filed by Milwaukee attorney Jeremy Levinson, puts Kevin Kennedy in the middle of yet another controversy, something he has become very used to in the last 14 months.

"Life looked good on February 6th (2011), when the Packers had just won the Super Bowl, and its been constant demands since then," said Kennedy.

Those demands included running nine recall elections last year; regulating the petition drive to recall Governor Scott Walker and then counting the signatures on those petitions, which drew complaints from all sides.

Kennedy believes the latest issue regarding protest candidates is more the same.

"Allegations have been raised that they have violated the elections fraud statutes, which are prosecuted by district attorneys," said Kennedy.  "We do have the ability to look at that and refer those out to district attorneys."

But, Kennedy says whether those "fake Democrats" stay on the ballot may not be for the board to say.

"You don't have to be a member of a political party to run for an office," said Kennedy.

The head of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says those running for office in this recall election are becoming less important than the people spending millions to run ads against them.

Mike McCabe blames the Citizens United ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Its given an incredibly small segment of society with vast wealth, an ability to have a virtual monopoly on political discourse," said McCabe.  "That's a disease that is really infecting our democracy."

McCabe said third-party groups that have access to that wealth will spend record amounts on the race for Governor.

"I think its gonna be somewhere in that $60 to $80 million range and then you're going to see tens of millions more spent on the four Senate elections, so overall spending could approach $100 million this year," said McCabe.

You can hear more from GAB Director Kevin Kennedy and Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign this Sunday at 9:00 a.m.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Kevin Kennedy, the Director of the Government Accountability Board will join Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann to talk about the recall elections on this week's edition of "Capitol City Sunday."

Kennedy will talk about the recent complaint filed by a Democratic attorney, who wants the GAB to remove all of the Republican protest candidates from the recall election ballot.

Those protest candidates are running as "fake Democrats" in order to force each real Democratic candidate into a primary.

Mike McCabe, who runs the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, will join Greg for the second half of the show to talk about the unprecedented amount of campaign spending in these recall elections.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have a preview of Capitol City Sunday on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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