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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Abrahamson campaign still advertising for interns on UW Law School website

I'm pretty sure this is illegal:

Chief Justice’s Campaign Using Public Website to Obtain Campaign Staff

State Representative Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), Ranking Republican on the Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee, is challenging Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s use of the UW-Madison Law School to obtain campaign workers by calling it an “internship.” The Abrahamson campaign positions are being treated as “career opportunities” in the eyes of officials at the UW-Madison Law School. Use of public resources for campaign purposes is prohibited under Wisconsin law.
That press release is from Thursday. Fred and Steveegg have both blogged it, and the Cap Times did a story about it (although that was more about a liberal group's extremely weak attempts to deflect the issue).

The webpage is still up. This is clearly using publicly-owned resources in support of a political campaign. That's illegal.