State Representative Mandela Barnes Asks Attorney General to Investigate WEDC

From my email inbox: in his email newsletter, State Representative Mandela Barnes states that he delivered a letter to Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen, asking him to investigate and prosecute any illegal actions on the part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Any number of recent actions by WEDC, disclosed by an audit by the Legislative Audit Bureau, have been identified as in violation of state law by both Republican and Democratic members of the state legislature.

From Rep. Mandela’s letter:

On behalf of the residents of Wisconsin’s 11th Assembly District, I write today to request that an investigation into the mishandling and misuse of funds by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) be initiated by your office, and that subsequent charges be filed by your office on behalf of the taxpayers of the State of Wisconsin.

As you likely know, a recent audit of WEDC was conducted by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau. The audit concluded that WEDC, at the expense of taxpayers, provided ineligible amounts of funds to ineligible recipients, and for ineligible projects. In fact, four companies received nearly $1 million of taxpayer dollars before their contracts with the State of Wisconsin had even been finalized.

Although there has been a lot of discussion in the media about revising and reviewing the status of WEDC, in my opinion, this type of request of the attorney general is LONG overdue. But quite frankly this request should have come from Governor Walker’s office!


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