Thursday, April 7, 2011

“I am a political supporter of your current efforts regarding the budget repair bill.”

Wisconsin DOJ Open Meetings Expert Secretly Gave Advice To Fleeing Dem Senators
As reported at Wisconsin Politics:
...State Representative Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) released an e-mail from Assistant Attorney General Thomas Bellavia that raises serious ethical and legal doubt on the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s ability to defend the enactment of the Budget Repair Bill and the Open Meetings Law Case in Dane County. The e-mail from a senior member of the Wisconsin Department Justice shared sensitive legal advice with fleeing Senate Democrats that he may have obtained as a part of his duties for the department.

Additionally, the opening line of Bellavia’s February 27, 2011, e-mail to Senator Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Senator Mark Miller (D-Madison) reads: “I am a political supporter of your current efforts regarding the budget repair bill.”

“I have little faith the Wisconsin Department of Justice can be trusted to fairly and impartially represent the taxpayers on all matters relating to the Budget Repair Bill becoming law. In my view, this Assistant Attorney General has crossed the line and should do the honorable thing and resign immediately,” Nass said.

More stunningly, Assistant Attorney General Bellavia is the agency’s top expert on the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law and may be participating in the Department of Justice’s effort to defend the Legislature in the Dane County Open Meetings Law Case. Rep. Nass sent a letter to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen requesting an investigation of the Bellavia matter....