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Elections Board and Green Campaign Settle Suit, Agree to Disagree on Campaign Finance Law

Date: 
March 16, 2007

MADISON, WI – The State Elections Board voted this morning to strike a settlement with the Green for Governor Campaign over a lawsuit filed by the campaign last year over disputed campaign funds.

The 7-2 vote clears the way for an end to the lawsuit against the Elections Board, which centered on former Republican Congressman Mark Green’s use of federal campaign funds for his state campaign for Wisconsin Governor. The lawsuit is currently pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

“The two parties have agreed to disagree about the law,” said Kevin Kennedy, executive director of the State Elections Board. “We have a resolution and can move on now.”

The settlement prohibits Green from using the disputed funds to run for office, but allows him to pay legal fees and make contributions to other candidates for office.

The settlement also provides a response to the Supreme Court, which recently asked the two parties to inform the Court whether or not the case – appealed to the Court – should be deferred until the new Government Accountability Board takes responsibility for campaign finance law in September.

The seven Board members voting in favor were David Anstaett, Jacob Burns, Carl Holborn, Sherwin Hughes, Greg Paradise, John Savage and John Schober. Kerry Dwyer and Robert Kasieta voted “No.”