Statement from Kevin J. Kennedy, director and general counsel of the G.A.B:
We are living and working in historic political times. The Government Accountability Board recognizes that many Wisconsinites have passionate views regarding politics in this state, as well as actions taken by elected officials on both sides of the aisle.
As a result, the G.A.B. has received many complaints asking the Board to investigate or become involved in what are, in essence, political controversies. Not every action of a public officeholder that a citizen may disagree with constitutes a violation of the Ethics Code for State Public Officials or of campaign finance laws.
The G.A.B. is an independent, non-partisan agency. The public can be assured the G.A.B. will investigate the activities of public officials where there is a reasonable basis to do so. However, the G.A.B. has no authority over procedural rules of the Legislature, and cannot insert itself into political and legislative debates.