Campaign Controversy: Complaint filed against group connecting food and voting
Keller Russell reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
Political parties are rallying support for recall elections.
But there are accusations that some of those rallies are breaking law.
We watched vans tagged with Wisconsin Jobs Now! stickers bring people in and out from Milwaukee's city hall throughout the afternoon Tuesday.
The group is working to get out the early vote.
But how they've done it is raising a stink -- with some saying it's illegal.
It's billed as a block party -- with free food, hosted by Wisconsin Jobs Now.
But the group's vans bringing people to the party are also brought people to vote on Monday.
That walks a fine line with Wisconsin law.
Some say it's illegal.
"Well it sounds like it is illegal activity and it should be checked out. I'm very concerned about the integrity of this election," said Sen. Alberta Darling
The Republican Party of Wisconsin, along with the conservative, non-partisan Media Trackers, filed complaints with the state Government Accountability Office.
Wisconsin Jobs Now! Is connected to Citizen Action, a union group that has spent big money supporting Sandy Pasch in the District 8 recall election.
Sandy Pasch sits on Citizen Action's board but told us she hasn't been active since her campaign began.
We asked the Democratic Party of Wisconsin about the connection.
"Well the Democratic Party and the Sandy Pasch campaign have absolutely no involvement with this organization. We've had no involvement with Citizen Action during the course of recall campaigns," said Mike Tate, chairman of Wisconsin Democratic Party.
We also went to the office of Citizen Action. It shares the same address as Wisconsin Jobs Now!, which according to online state records, is registered as a corporation by Matt Brusky. Matt Brusky is also listed as the Political Director of Citizen Action.
We wanted answers about Monday's block party that included food and rides to early voting.
We were told Brusky was there, but then that no one could talk to us and we'd have to leave. The man asking us to leave wouldn't comment on any of Monday's activity.
We were directed to another contact with Wisconsin Jobs Now!.
When asked if the events on Monday were illegal, the group's executive director, Mike Lauer said no.
"No. We are confident that our block parties are within the confines of what's legally allowed."
The Democratic Party said the attention on the issue is a desperate attempt by republicans and Sen. Alberta Darling to distract voters.
A call to the Government Accountability Board about the legality of the situation wasn't immediately returned.