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Wisconsin Assembly Speaker, not taxpayers, should pay for the sham investigation



It is already the biggest boondoggle in Wisconsin history, and the price tag just keeps going up. Wisconsin taxpayers spent more than $2 million in a sham investigation into false claims the presidential election was stolen. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, in an attempt to appease former President Trump, hired a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, Michael Gableman, to lead the investigation, which of course turned up nothing. His work dragged on though, and taxpayers foot the bill for it. Along the way, Gableman and Vos bungled their way, hanging out with the likes of the My Pillow guy, but still not finding the fraud they insisted was there. The investigation deadline was repeatedly pushed back, while the meter is running on the cost to taxpayers. Now a judge in Dane County has slapped Vos with an order to pay $135,000 in legal fees for refusing the provide the details of the investigation in an open records request. That money will cover the legal fees for the group that filed the lawsuit seeking the public records. But guess what? That $135,000? Taxpayers are footing the bill for that as well. That has pushed the total cost to taxpayers for a misguided investigation that turned up nothing to nearly $2.5 million. Vos should give taxpayers a break, and pick up this tab himself.

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. Kathy

    March 3, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    Yes I think Vos should pay for all the money that was spent or be forced out of office. The whole amount. He has plenty of money. Why should taxpayers pay for it? He is a scammer like Trump.

  2. Larry D Buckhout Jr

    March 3, 2023 at 5:47 pm

    This was not a sham investigation

  3. Deb Jeffson

    March 3, 2023 at 9:39 pm

    I completely agree with that assessment. We didn’t authorize the abuse of funds. Politician’s should be held accountable

  4. William Davis

    March 4, 2023 at 6:24 am

    I’m a true Ronald Reagan conservative, but riding with Putin close friends with North Korean leader and backing alternative facts is embarrassing and ridiculous.
    I don’t know this party, and true conservative honest Republicans are kicked out of the party. Yes, Vos should be held accountable

  5. John Q Public

    March 4, 2023 at 6:36 am

    There is nothing fake about getting to the bottom of a stolen election. If you can’t see that fact than its your problem if being told what to say and what to think twice a day is how you live your life by the democrat party and the democrat controlled liberal bias fake media it’s not much of a life.

    • Guelch

      March 5, 2023 at 6:17 am

      More delusional ranting from a trumper.

  6. Mike Sladky

    March 4, 2023 at 8:21 am

    Hey Robert, I will not be stopping by to help you fill in your mail in ballot this upcoming election because my travel expenses and are not being reimbursed any longer.

  7. Martha

    March 4, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    I agree. There was no evidence to start an investigation, nor a rational to keep doing it. Bo’s should pay.

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