New group hoping to improve ethics of Wisconsin political leaders

A new non-partisan, nonprofit political group is hoping to inject more ethics into Wisconsin politics. LeaderEthics-Wisconsin isn’t focusing on issues or getting candidates elected, but rather, if political leaders at the statewide and national level are dealing with issues in an ethical way. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Democratic Party of Wisconsin files ethics complaint against Brad Schimel

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed an ethics complaint against Attorney General Brad Schimel’s campaign this week, alleging it has accepted more than the legal limit from a political action committee. > Cap Times

Speaker Vos took free trip to London with lobbyists and leaders from other states

The Wisconsin Assembly’s top leader, Speaker Robin Vos, was among a group of lawmakers from several states who took a free trip with lobbyists to London — an August excursion that contributed to the resignation Tuesday of his counterpart in Ohio. But Vos says he followed state ethics laws in accepting it. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Walker says he won’t remove Chisholm as district attorney


Gov. Scott Walker says he has no intentions of removing Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm – who led the John Doe investigation – from his job, despite calls from the chairman of the state Ethics Commission to do just that. > FOX 6 Milwaukee

Senate’s power play shows money’s grip on state


Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald was acting not unlike a Mafia don when he pushed out two administrators against the wishes of the commissions those administrators headed. > Cap Times

State Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald trying to neuter the watchdogs

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The Senate Majority leader, still smarting from a GAB investigation, is misusing his power to cripple the state’s oversight of ethics and elections. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ethics commission stands down after state Senate vote to fire top administrator


The Wisconsin Ethics Commission won’t try to re-hire Brian Bell as its top administrator after Republican state senators voted to fire him earlier this week. The move marks a departure from Wisconsin’s Elections Commission, which re-hired its ousted administrator over the adamant objection of the Senate’s top Republican. > Wisconsin Public Radio