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Head of election investigation has been living large at taxpayer expense



It is already well over deadline, and over budget, and we still don’t know what we’re getting for our money. But finally we are getting a peek behind the curtain. The Wisconsin Legislature allocated $700,000 and counting of taxpayer money to investigate the 2020 presidential election. The deadline for finishing the report has been extended and the budget increased, with still no finished product. Now we’re finally learning a little bit about how our tax dollars are being spent in this investigation. The political watchdog group American Oversight filed a public records request to see where the money is going. In short, motels, meals, and transportation. The head of the investigation, Michael Gableman, spent more than $1600 of our money on meals, more than $6000 on rental cars and cab rides, more than $6000 on airline flights and more than $10,000 in hotel stays. Just in September, October and November. Sounds like someone has been living large. But equally shocking is that there is no oversight of this investigation by our elected officials. It is not clear if Gableman has an actual contract, or whether his duties are being fulfilled. Taxpayers should not be writing a black check. We should be able to see how every dollar is being spent, without having to go to court to do so.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Kent Porter

    February 2, 2022 at 7:44 am

    As I see it !!!!!!!!!! Have a look at the Dumbocrats in Washington and how much of our tax money is spent on vacations , Limo rides , dinners , lunch and all the other stock trading illegal crap they do , MARTHA STEWARD went to prison for a whole hell of alot less , THAT;S THE WAY I SEE IT !!!!!!

  2. Chip DeNure

    February 2, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Considering that there’s a good chance the election was stolen from Trump, the expenditure is well worth the cost.

  3. Frank

    February 2, 2022 at 8:33 am

    After all the national reviews of election fraud I find it very unlikely that anyone had the election stolen from them. With all the REAL problems that we are facing it is somewhat unimaginable that we are – after more than a year – still on this subject. I urge our legislators to get back to the real tasks before them.

  4. Ronald Walker

    February 2, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    Well Scott.
    It would appear that you are not the only one asking the question.
    Here is a short clip of another person looking for government accountability.

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