31 Mar Reports late on state Web site
Computer glitch may be responsible for some missing campaign documents
Madison – Campaign spending reports for 66 state legislators and legislative candidates are not available on a state Web site, two months after they were supposed to be posted for public view, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.
Candidates were required to file reports Feb. 2, and most of them said they did so. They said the reason their reports weren’t available publicly was because a newly developed state Web site is riddled with problems.
Officials with the Government Accountability Board acknowledged problems with the campaign filing computer system but said candidates may be at fault in some cases.
Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) said the board must promptly fix glitches with the site.
“People have a right to know where our money comes from and what we’re spending it on,” Mason said.
Among those whose reports can’t be found are Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan (D-Janesville), Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), Rep. Phil Garthwaite (D-Dickeyville), Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), Rep. Scott Newcomer (R-Hartland) and Rep. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa).
A board auditor on Monday was able to locate the reports for those three Democrats but not those three Republicans.
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