More Questions Than Answers from Ethically-Troubled Senator
MADISON - A day after admitting that he illegally profited off a $16,000 payment made from a charitable foundation, state Sen. Dan Kapanke admitted to profiting from another similar payment from the same nonprofit.
In an interview Thursday with the editorial board of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Sen. Kapanke now says that the payments totaled more than $32,000 from a foundation that appears to have behaved like a slush fund to receive money from corporations that lobby Kapanke.
Kapanke only acknowledged the illegal payments after the Democratic Party of Wisconsin on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board after tax records for the foundation revealed the scheme. Copies of the complaint have been forwarded to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, the Internal Revenue Service and the La Crosse District Attorney's office.
The new revelations from Kapanke, whose serial ethical problems and illegal behavior date to 2001, raise new questions about the foundation.
Who were its donors?
How many of those donors have business before the state?
What else is he hiding?
"With each passing day, the scandal surrounding Dan Kapanke and his illegal slush fund grows," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Friday. "He cannot effectively serve as a state senator when it is clear that he believes he is a law unto himself. He should honor Wisconsin and resign immediately."
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