Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

Kittle is a 25-year veteran of radio, newspaper and online journalism. In July 2011, Kittle joined Watchdog.org as bureau chief for Wisconsin Reporter. He has spent much of the past three years covering the seismic political changes taking place in the Badger State. Last year, Kittle joined Watchdog’s national reporting team, covering everything from energy policy to governmental assaults on civil rights. Beyond being published in Wisconsin’s daily newspapers and in multimedia news outlets, Kittle’s work has appeared on Fox News, and in Human Events, Reason Magazine, Newsmax and Town Hall. His special investigation into a politically charged John Doe probe, “Wisconsin’s Secret War,” was the basis of a 2014 documentary on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze. Kittle has made several appearances on Fox News, including “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. He serves as weekly politics commentator for Lake 96.1 FM in Lake Geneva, and WRJN-AM 1400 in Racine. His resume includes multiple awards for journalism excellence from The Associated Press, Inland Press, Wisconsin Broadcast Association and other journalism associations. Contact Kittle at mkittle@watchdog.org.

‘Outside the … law’: Lawmakers call for investigation of GAB

By   /  December 19, 2014  /  Abuse of power, First Amendment, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – In an ironic turnabout, Wisconsin lawmakers are calling for an investigation of the high-profile agency that is supposed to investigate politicians.

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Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

By   /  December 19, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Breaking News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Agents for the embattled state Government Accountability Board continued a zealous campaign finance investigation into dozens of conservative groups even after judges who preside over the board voted to shut it down, according to documents unsealed Friday by a Waukesha County Circuit Court.

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GAB won’t say whether it has reauthorized its role in John Doe probe

By   /  December 19, 2014  /  Abuse of power, First Amendment, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – A spokesman for the Government Accountability Board refused Wednesday to say whether the retired judges who preside over the board have voted to reauthorize the GAB’s involvement in the politically charged John Doe investigation as required by law – underscoring critics’ allegations that the agency’s two-year probe has gone rogue.

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‘R word’ surfaces in wake of state Supreme Court taking up John Doe challenges

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Abuse of power, First Amendment, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Now that the Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear three cases connected to the politically charged John Doe investigation, expect the left to scream for the recusals of the conservative justices that make up the court’s majority.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court to take up John Doe complaints

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Abuse of power, First Amendment, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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After nearly a year of waiting, the parties in a politically charged John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups will have their day in the state’s highest court.

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DWD pays out $86.3 million in fraudulent jobless claims, audit finds

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – The state Department of Workforce Development over the past few years has paid out $86.3 million in unemployment benefits to people bilking the system, according to an audit released Tuesday.

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