The state Democratic Party is filing a complaint over a website launched this week by Governor Scott Walker’s office.
The governor’s office says the “Reforms and Results” website unveiled Monday is meant to highlight the money saved by local governments as a result of budget reforms enacted earlier this year. State Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate charges that it’s nothing more than taxpayer-funded propaganda.
Tate says the site is “at best inappropriate, and at worst against the law.”
Tate says the site “cherry picks” the facts and ignores the problems many local governments and school districts now face because of budget cuts. He also questions the timing of its release, with a statewide recall effort targeting Governor Walker expected to begin November 15th.
The party is filing a complaint with the state Government Accountability Board that alleges the website violates state ethics laws because it’s a taxpayer funded campaign tool.
A spokesman for Governor Walker says the GAB was consulted before the site was launched, and much of the information being put online is the same content they have been using in news releases for the past several months.
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:15)