The price tag for a misguided witch hunt into Wisconsin’s election continues to climb. And once again taxpayers are left footing the bill. A judge has ruled that the man hired to investigate Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election for evidence of fraud has to pay $163,000 in attorney fees after he failed to comply with the state’s open records law. That after another judge found Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who hired Michael Gableman to investigate the election, must pay nearly $100,000 in attorney fees after being found in contempt of court. Couple that with the nearly $700,000 budgeted for this bogus investigation and the price tag for this so-called investigation has pushed upward of one million dollars. And all of it to be paid by taxpayers. This search for election fraud was misguided, and greatly mishandled. There was zero evidence of any fraud found. Gableman hung out with the My Pillow guy looking for clues, illegally deleted public records, barked at a judge when told to produce them, and now gets a big fat fine thrown his way. But Gableman isn’t on the hook for a penny, despite his bungling and bravado. Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for his bad behavior. Speaker Vos should deduct the cost of the fines from Gableman’s paycheck. Taxpayers have wasted enough on this mess as it is.