Staff at the Wisconsin state Government Accountability Board announced Thursday afternoon that the recall elections against Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefish will be triggered. A meeting Friday will make it official, but the announcement signals the end of the recall petition review by the non-partisan agency that oversees elections in the state.
This is after the GAB found valid signatures well beyond the 540,208 signatures on the petitions needed to hold the recalls. Right now primaries are planned for May 8 and a general recall election on June 5.
Meanwhile the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) filed a compliant with the GAB based on newly discovered documents revealing that numerous Wisconsin legislators have been the beneficiaries of corporate-funded gifts through their connections to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Among the findings that promoted this latest complaint is evidence that ALEC was funding law-makers out-of-state travel expenses to fancy resorts for ALEC meetings with corporate lobbyists in addition to gifts and parties.
Wisconsinites have been fighting back against the pervasive and corrupting influence of ALEC and the Gov. Walker administration it bought for well over a year now. These developments are a good reminder that the process of reclaiming democracy is a slow and deliberate one, especially if it is to last.
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