There was so much backlash about this that the Teapublicans tried to shove him back under the rock that he had crawled out from. He was laying so low that my Brother in Blogging, Jeff Simpson, was looking high and low for him.
Well, Kramer has finally been found! He was busy cutting checks. No, not to his fellow Teapublicans, but to his defense attorney.
One problem though...he was paying his attorney with his campaign fund:
The campaign of embattled state Rep. Bill Kramer has paid $10,000 to defend him against sexual assault charges, raising questions about whether the payments violate state campaign law.It sure seems that Teapublicans have a problem understanding the rules around legal defense funds.
State law allows politicians to use campaign funds for their legal defense, but only against allegations that they had broken election or campaign finance laws.
Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, said that sexual assault charges have nothing to do with election law violations.
"How can Kramer use his campaign account to pay legal bills related to the sexual assault charges against him?" Ross asked.
Reid Magney, a spokesman for the state Government Accountability Board, declined comment on the spending by Kramer's campaign. The board enforces state campaign finance laws and never comments on potential violations.
Wisconsin Supreme Court (In)Justice David "Chokehold" Prosser also thought he could set up an illegal legal defense fund for his assault on Justice Ann Walsh Bradley.
I blame the whole thing on Scott Walker, who blurred the lines by calling his legal defense fund a legal cooperation fund. He should know that his fellow Teapublicans get easily confused.