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Yet Another County Supervisor In Trouble, Again

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on November 11, 2009

This just broke from Dan Bice and John Diedrich of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Milwaukee County Supervisor Toni Clark is the subject of a secret criminal investigation into possible campaign finance abuses, the Journal Sentinel has learned.

Clark declined Tuesday to answer questions about the matter. Last month, she filed three amended campaign reports with the county Board of Election Commissioners.

In those reports, Clark admitted she took in and spent money from her campaign fund in the past three years after she earlier swore that her campaign was inactive during those times, according to public records filed with the board.

“You know like I know, oftentimes John Doe investigations do occur,” said Clark, who has been elected three times. “If I am or am not part of one, those are secret investigations, so I couldn’t tell you anything anyway.”

Clark said she submitted the amended reports because of questions raised by county election officials. She declined to say whether she had hired an attorney.

The story points out that this investigation stems from an earlier one into Supervisor Michael Mayo, who was fined for violations.

These campaign finance violations have gotten out of control.

If Supervisor Clark committed these violations, she needs to take ownership of them and accept the consequences.

To be honest, this is not the supervisor I thought would be the next to get into trouble, so I would expect that there might be more problems on the horizon.

I think it would be best, given how rampant these issues are, if all 19 supervisors and Executive Walker had their campaign finances thoroughly examined for further improprieties.

How are we supposed to trust them to run our County if we can’t trust them with their campaign finances?

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