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WI Attorney General: State elections board records immune to audit

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the state elections board does not have to turn over its investigative records to auditors.

Van Hollen said Thursday in a legal opinion that the Government Accountability Board(GAB) does not have to provide such records to the Legislative Audit Bureau, because state law does not specifically authorize the board to do so.

The audit bureau is currently conducting a review of the GAB, which oversees elections and ethics complaints in Wisconsin.

Republicans have criticized the board, particularly its involvement in an investigation into alleged campaign violations by conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign.

Republican state Sen. Mary Lazich says the Attorney General's opinion raises "major concerns" about the board's accountability, but that she is withholding judgment until the audit is released.

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