Troha Quagmire Thickens

In this update: 1. Deeper ties between administration and Troha revealed 2. Newspaper "can’t wait to clean up Capitol stench" Troha Quagmire Thickens

Email date: 3/12/07

In this update:
1. Deeper ties between administration and Troha revealed
2. Newspaper "can’t wait to clean up Capitol stench"

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s chief attorney recently examined mounting evidence of state favors to Kenosha casino developer Dennis Troha, who happens to be Governor Jim Doyle’s top campaign donor, and pronounced it all "much ado about absolutely nothing."

The DOT attorney, former Kenosha County District Attorney Robert Jambois, did acknowledge he has ties to Troha of his own. He revealed that his wife and daughter were paid more than $6,500 by Troha to run Troha’s 2004 pro-Kenosha-casino referendum campaign.

Jambois didn’t reveal that his ties to Troha run considerably deeper. Troha was a major contributor to Jambois’ unsuccessful 2005 bid for a Kenosha County Circuit Court judgeship. In fact, Jambois got a third of his money for the circuit court race - $5,350 of the $16,738 he raised - from Troha family members, business associates and casino interests. Much of it was raised at a January 24, 2005 fundraiser Troha hosted at his Kenosha office. For more on this, go here

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It’s worth mentioning that Jambois was appointed chief legal counsel at DOT after his failed campaign for circuit court judge and after the DOT demoted its chief lawyer, Jim Thiel, for making public a report showing that the cost of paying outside contractors to do engineering work for the department was 18 percent more expensive than having state employees do the work.

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In an editorial published last Friday, the Janesville Gazette said the "rot in Madison just keeps getting riper" and summed up the newspaper’s reaction to the Troha affair with this headline: We can’t wait to clean up Capitol stench

We can’t wait either.