Meagan Wolfe administrator of the Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC) was called to answer questions about the CTCL/Facebook monies donated to the 5 largest cities in Wisconsin by the state Campaigns and Elections Committee.
“WEC was not involved in municipalities applying for or receiving private grant funds, nor did the statutes give WEC authority to weigh in on such municipal matters,” Wolfe told the committee, reading from a prepared statement.
But WEC — at least its administrator — knew of the work that Spitzer-Rubenstein and his group were doing to “assist” big city election officials. The moment Meagan chose to look the other way she voluntarily chose to severely limit her sources of information; she chose to willfully blind herself from what was going on in the Wisconsin 5. Meagan Wolf and the commission was the gatekeeper and failed.
More investigation is needed into the Wisconsin Election Commission.
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe was on the hot seat Wednesday, testifying about WEC’s contacts with left-leaning groups embedded in Green Bay and Milwaukee elections.
Wolfe seemed to have a little trouble keeping her story straight on her knowledge of a long-time Democratic operative who was intricately involved in Green Bay’s November election. The state’s elections chief told the committee Green Bay city officials never did explain the role of Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein, Wisconsin lead for the National Vote at Home Institute, and she confirmed that WEC staff never vetted the liberal activist or his colleagues.
Ultimately, Wolfe asserts, nothing in Wisconsin election law bars local governments from accepting the “help” of the groups, generously funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. There’s no law, Wolfe said, against any group — conservative or liberal — from doing the same.
But there is a law against such groups infiltrating or taking over local elections and doing the work of elected or appointed clerks. That’s precisely what appears to have happened in Green Bay and Milwaukee. And there’s evidence to suggest it happened in Madison, Racine, Kenosha and other Wisconsin cities that signed away their rights in exchange for the windfall of Zuckerberg money. Read more https://empowerwisconsin.org/wecs-wolfe-on-the-hot-seat/