DPW Statement on
Kapanke Public Records Violations
“Today, Judge Richard Niess confirmed that Senator Dan Kapanke concealed and destroyed state documents in violation of Public Records laws.
Using taxpayer resources,
Kapanke’s staff created documents and emails for at least two campaign
events in April and June of this year. Kapanke denied access to these
public records, despite a legal obligation to disclose the documents.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed suit this month to force
Kapanke to comply with
Testimony and evidence offered in court pried loose additional state documents and communications Kapanke thought were long buried or destroyed. Kapanke’s office also revealed additional email communications that raise serious questions about his continued commingling of state and campaign resources.
This evidence proved, without
a doubt, that Dan Kapanke disclosed the public records solely as a
result of the lawsuit – despite his original claim that no such
documents existed. Undeterred by the irrefutable evidence against him,
Senator Kapanke chose to bill the citizens of
In these tough economic times,
it would be a travesty if