WMC Calls for GAB, Prosecutors to Apologize
MADISON – In the wake of the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling regarding the unconstitutional John Doe investigation into independent groups during recall elections, WMC issued the following statement. WMC and WMC Issues Mobilization Council, Inc. were among the groups that successfully challenged the subpoenas they received in the investigation.
WMC President/CEO Kurt R. Bauer said:
“WMC is very pleased that the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled today in favor of constitutionally protected free speech and association. It sends a clear message that the law will not tolerate government officials who abuse their vast powers and unlimited financial resources to harass and intimidate a select group of law abiding citizens and organizations.
The Court’s decision today brings a final and unequivocal end to this seemingly never ending investigation of entities engaged in lawful grassroots lobbying and participating in the state’s political debate.
The Wisconsin Legislature must move quickly to enact laws that protect and affirm the free speech rights of independent groups and others, and to ensure that the prosecutorial and regulatory abuses evident in this John Doe investigation never happen again in our state. Taxpayers deserve to know how much of their money was wasted on this unlawful and unconstitutional investigation, and the targets deserve an apology from the prosecutors and GAB regulators who have violated their rights.”