Kaminski, the Executive Director of a mainstream group dedicated to honest government and fair elections, knows the history of the GAB and can spot a power play against the public interest when she sees it:
One of the best innovations in Wisconsin government was the creation of the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board. Launched it 2008, it was formed by a virtually unanimous, bipartisan vote in the Legislature. The GAB was crafted in response to the caucus scandal which sent legislative leaders from both political parties to jail for campaigning on the taxpayers' dime...
We suspect the current calls for deform of the GAB are simply a partisan power grab at a time when one party has the majority needed to defang the agency's watchdog function and craft an elections agency that can be easily manipulated for partisan gain. In times of one-party rule, regardless of which party is in the majority, we need the GAB more than ever.The campaign against the GAB - - basically a campaign to return to the bad old days of slipperier campaigning and legislating - - is the brain child of a current partisan leader, GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.
It would be like a prominent doctor coming forward to urge cigarette smokers who'd quit to light up again.
As a younger man, Vos had worked in the office of former GOP State Rep. Bonnie Ladwig, one of the legislators who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor ethics violation in the caucus scandal referenced by Kaminski that led to the creation of the GAB.
Ladwig was forced to resign from the Assembly; Vos was elected to fill, and still holds that seat.
If any legislator should understand why the GAB was founded and needs to be protected, not defanged, it's Vos.