FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2011
BEAVER DAM, WI – Citizens for a Strong America began airing a television ad today featuring former Wisconsin resident, Troy Merryfield. In 1978, Merryfield and his brother were victims of abuse by their family priest. Their story is being exploited by the Greater Wisconsin Committee (GWC), allies of Madison lawyer Joanne Kloppenburg. The offensive and misleading ads claim Justice David Prosser refused to prosecute Merrryfield’s abuser. In a statement issued last week, Merryfield expressed gratitude to Prosser for helping prosecutors bring his abuser to justice, and he called on Kloppenburg to try and stop these offensive and misleading ads. Kloppenburg refused.
TV Ad Script
Troy Merrifield: In 1979, my brother and I were abused by someone our family trusted.
With the help of David Prosser and law enforcement, we brought our abuser to justice.
Now we’re being victimized again. This time Joanne Kloppenburg’s allies want to use our pain for their own gain.
I asked Joanne Kloppenburg to try and stop these false ads. Joanne Kloppenburg refused. It’s just wrong.
Announcer: Call Kloppenburg. Tell her to stand up for victims.
Wisconsin’s old Ethics Board was known for its party-line votes on enforcement of campaign laws. There were those who imagined replacing it with a bureaucracy made up of judges and an acronym (GAB) that implies inconsequential talk would represent improvement. Guess again.
Recent weeks have seen the Government Accountability Board taking positions that suggest it has its priorities on backwards.
In one instance, executive director (and Ethics Board holdover) Kevin Kennedy opined that the Defense Department was just wrong in denying Wisconsin a waiver of a requirement that ballots be delivered to military voters 45 days ahead of an election.
The purpose is to improve the chances for armed forces personnel stationed overseas to get completed ballots returned in time to count. And there’s no doubt that Wisconsin is on a timeline compressed at both ends, with a late primary crowding an early general election date.
But we aren’t setting hot lead type to print ballots any more, and if election officials need to step up their pace of work for a couple of days so people who are encountering hot lead get to vote, we’re sure they’ll have a chance to rest up after November.
On the very same day the GAB was registering its objections to the military ballot deadline, it was being far more solicitous toward voters whose registrations have been called into question.
Early this year, a check of voter registrations against other state records turned up about 70,000 with mismatched data. Attempts to contact them and correct legitimate errors were evidently received but ignored by about 45,000 of the recipients.
Another 18,000 notifications came back to the GAB as undeliverable. Those people could—and should—be removed from the active voter lists if they don’t somehow clear up their data.
But the GAB says the other 45,000 shouldn’t be taken off the lists because mismatched data alone isn’t enough to disqualify a voter.
Given how fall-over-laughing easy it is to register at any Wisconsin polling place on Election Day, the word “disqualify” is very much in the eye of the beholder.
According to WisPolitics, a GAB spokeswoman said three-fourths of the mismatched registrants voted in the last two general elections and are therefore “active voters participating in the electoral process on a fairly regular basis.” This, she evidently regarded as reassuring.
What we’d consider reassuring would be just a smidge of curiosity on the part of our guardians of election law as to how many of these thousands should actually be voting.
Citizens for a Strong America (CSA) believes that strong families and communities are the foundation of our country.
Yet public policies at all levels of government can weaken that foundation, by putting government between parents and children, and by imposing costly mandates that make it harder for families and employers to stay in their communities.
CSA is a diverse coalition of concerned citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders.
CSA promotes public policies that reduce tax burdens on families, increase public safety, and protect the rights of parents to make decisions about their children’s medical, psychological and educational well-being.
CSA conducts research and develops educational materials to assist us in our efforts to educate the public and public policy makers and to advocate on behalf of policies that strong families and communities.
Citizens for a Strong America is organized as a nonprofit corporation with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.