Federal Charges Filed on Alleged Kickback Scheme

In this update: 1. Exec charged with seeking kickback on sale of state building 2. Latest state contracting scandal shows need for sunshine 3. Searchable donor database updated Federal Charges Filed on Alleged Kickback Scheme

Email date: 5/11/07

In this update:
1. Exec charged with seeking kickback on sale of state building
2. Latest state contracting scandal shows need for sunshine
3. Searchable donor database updated

News that a top executive with a Chicago-based real estate company was charged yesterday in federal court with soliciting a kickback on the sale of a state building had a ring of familiarity to it.

Just over a year ago, the Democracy Campaign pointed out large contributions from Equis Corporation executives to Governor Jim Doyle’s reelection campaign around the time the company landed an eyebrow-raising contract to sell state property. That prompted media scrutiny of the terms of the deal.

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This latest chapter in the Equis saga reinforces why the Contract Sunshine Web Site due to be launched this summer can’t come a moment too soon.

For more about the Contract Sunshine initiative, go here.

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We have finished incorporating thousands of new records of donations to state candidates from the latest batch of campaign finance reports into our searchable database. The database is updated through the end of 2006 for partisan candidates and through March 19, 2007 for state Supreme Court candidates.