MADISON — The Assembly’s Campaign and Elections Committee holds another hearing (10 a.m. this morning) on the so-called Wisconsin-5’s partnerships with liberal, third-party groups in November’s presidential election.
New emails obtained by Wisconsin Spotlight show Milwaukee city officials welcomed the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Tech and Civic Life with open arms. In return, CTCL and its network of liberal activists and operatives made themselves at home in the election administration of all five cities — Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine.
Here are 10 questions the Campaign and Elections Committee should ask as it continues to investigate Wisconsin’s election scandal.
- Milwaukee’s election commission budget was $3.2 million for 2020. The city also received an additional $323,000 in federal CARES Act money. Why did the city seek an outside source, funded by Mark Zuckerberg, for $3.4 million more in funding for the election?
- Was Milwaukee ever advised or pressured into using specific vendors or CTCL “partners” for any election tasks Milwaukee officials needed to complete?
- Did Kris Teske, the former Green Bay city clerk, ever reach out to Milwaukee elections administrator Claire Woodall-Vogg to express concerns about CTCL and National Vote at Home Institute’s involvement in the election? As reported by Wisconsin Spotlight, Teske became so frustrated with National Vote at Home Institute and Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein’s involvement in the election that she resigned her position.
- Did anyone in Milwaukee conduct any vetting of these groups to see what their affiliation was? If not, why not?
- Did anyone in Milwaukee vet or check on people like Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein who were given access to the elections? If not, why not?
- Did Milwaukee use any of the CTCL money to run GOTV (Get Out the Vote) ads? Were these ads targeted to any specific geographic areas of Milwaukee?
- Election officials are in place to keep our elections safe and secure. Did Milwaukee officials ever express any concern or alarm about giving these outside groups, who might have their own agenda, an active role in the election process?
- Was any official ever told, in response to their concern, not to worry about these groups or not to ask any questions?
- We saw in Green Bay that the National Vote at Home Institute had a ballot curing template and insisted on using it. Did Milwaukee officials ever get on a call with the “WI-5” about curing ballots?
- Emails show Spitzer-Rubenstein saying his organization had “a process map that we’ve worked out with Milwaukee for their process, and literature on rejected absentee ballots. Did Spitzer-Rubenstein directly help Milwaukee elections officials cure ballots?