WDC Rips Legislature for Caucus Legal Fee Cover-Up

Open Memo to Legislature

May 7, 2002

SenateAssembly

Senate Memo

TO: All Senators
FROM: Mike McCabe, Executive Director. Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
DATE: May 7, 2002
RE: Caucus legal fees and open records

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign urges you in the strongest possible terms to sign on to the letter being circulated by Senators Ellis and Cowles calling on the Joint Committee on Legislative Organization to prevent an appeal of Judge Sarah O'Brien’s ruling that taxpayers have a right to information about the use of public funds to defend legislators and legislative employees under investigation in the caucus scandal.

Your choice is clear - either you stand with the taxpayers and support the people’s right to know or you stand with Senate leadership and are party to the leaders’ ongoing cover-up.

Wisconsin’s tradition of open and accountable government has been disgraced by the stonewalling that has prevented legitimate access to open records. It is particularly disgraceful that the legislature’s defiance of the Open Records Law is in response to inquiries about the use of public funds to fight the investigation into the apparent abuse of public offices and misuse of taxpayer money by legislators and legislative staff.

It’s time to choose sides. We challenge you to stand up to the leaders who continue to exhibit disdain for the Open Records Law and arrogant disregard for taxpayers’ right to know how their money is being spent.

Assembly Memo

TO: All Assembly Members
FROM: Mike McCabe, Executive Director. Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
DATE: May 7, 2002
RE: Caucus legal fees and open records

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign urges you in the strongest possible terms to publicly oppose an appeal of Judge Sarah O'Brien’s ruling that taxpayers have a right to information about the use of public funds to defend legislators and legislative employees under investigation in the caucus scandal.

Your choice is clear - either you stand with the taxpayers and support the people’s right to know or you stand with Assembly leadership and are party to the leaders’ ongoing cover-up.

Wisconsin’s tradition of open and accountable government has been disgraced by the stonewalling that has prevented legitimate access to open records. It is particularly disgraceful that the legislature’s defiance of the Open Records Law is in response to inquiries about the use of public funds to fight the investigation into the apparent abuse of public offices and misuse of taxpayer money by legislators and legislative staff.

It’s time to choose sides. We challenge you to stand up to the leaders who continue to exhibit disdain for the Open Records Law and arrogant disregard for taxpayers’ right to know how their money is being spent.

SenateAssembly