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Wis. board asks lawmakers for recall funds


Wisconsin election officials want state lawmakers to release nearly $405,000 to cover expenses related to recall efforts against six Republicans.

Democrats have turned in recall petitions containing nearly 2 million signatures against Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four GOP state senators. The effort was spurred by Walker's law stripping public workers of their union rights.

The Government Accountability Board is reviewing the petitions to determine whether enough valid signatures exist to trigger elections. Board Director Kevin Kennedy asked the Legislature's finance committee Monday for $404,500 to cover review work through Feb. 24.

Committee co-chair Rep. Robin Vos, a Burlington Republican, says he hasn't looked at the request closely yet. But he says the GAB's review should be exhaustive to justify the spending.

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