Nearly half of the cash being spent on a Republican-ordered investigation into Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election is earmarked for data analysis
The Associated Press obtained the contract entered into by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who’s main the probe, underneath the state open information legislation.
It exhibits that $325,000 is put aside for a data analysis contractor, displaying that the investigation will doubtless give attention to an examination of ballots and voting machines. It additionally units apart $25,000 every for the hiring of 5 investigators. Gableman is to be paid $55,000 over the lifetime of the contract, which runs from Aug. 1 via the top of the yr.
There can also be $15,000 earmarked for communications, $50,000 for lawyer charges, $25,000 for journey and $50,000 for courtroom reporting.
The contract calls for utilizing taxpayer cash on the probe, not marketing campaign donations or different funds as was executed in a broadly discredited election audit in Arizona.
Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell, the chief election official within the state’s second largest county, stated he wasn’t certain what the investigation would entail or precisely what “data analysis” meant. But McDonell stated he was assured within the election outcomes, which have already been via a Trump-ordered recount that resulted in a internet change of 45 votes for Trump in Dane County out of practically 345,000 solid within the election.
“I don’t know what’s about to occur,” McDonell stated. “I’ve full confidence within the outcomes and the way the election was run. This was essentially the most safe and correct election in our historical past. That’s the info.”
McDonell stated he feared a breach of safety in voting tools because of the investigation, one thing that has alarmed election safety specialists.
“The machines, they must be protected,” McDonell stated. “They are essential infrastructure as outlined by homeland safety. There’s no approach we’re going to compromise the safety of our elections and void the warranties on our machines. It’s not going to occur except a courtroom orders it.”
Republicans have questioned quite a few features of the 2020 election, however produced no proof of widespread fraud. Biden’s win over Trump has additionally withstood recounts in Milwaukee and Dane counties and quite a few state and federal lawsuits filed by Trump and his supporters. To date, solely two individuals out of three.3 million votes solid have been charged with election fraud.
Johnson stated in a video posted on Twitter that he didn’t assist specializing in voting machines, as some conservatives have referred to as for. Gableman has stated that reviewing voting machines can be one in all his priorities for the investigation.
The Gableman investigation is along with one underway by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau. That evaluation was additionally ordered by Republicans. Both are anticipated to be executed by the autumn.
Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, on Monday referred to as the $680,000 being spent on the Gableman investigation “outrageous” and a waste of taxpayer cash.