Well, like many Wisconsin progressive (no not the Hillary variety) I was optimistic when the corporate media declared Doyle cleared of wrong doing. For a moment, I was relieved that Governor Doyle never accepted bribes from energy companies. That of course did not last long, it was not that he was cleared of accepting bribes but rather,
JS Online: After a thorough investigation, we have not found any evidence linking campaign donations to Governor Doyle to the PSC decision to approve the sale of the Kewaunee nuclear power plant.
Doyle is gleeful that unlike 2 years ago, today there is a Republican Attorney General who can apply Republican ethical standards to his crimes against the people. If its Thompson, Troha, or energy companies the message is loud and clear, bribery and extortion are sanctioned at the highest levels of state government.
If a police officer was to apply Doyle ethical standards, it would not be a crime to accept a $200 bribe if the officer irregardless of the bribe decided not to give you a ticket. So, yes I guess Doyle technically is cleared of violating laws designed to protect corrupt, unethical politicians, but as Mike McCabe stated,
I just think when key decisions are made, there just shouldn’t be fundraisers held that are sponsored by utilities that have a stake in the decision. Even if the behavior is legal, it doesn’t make it right.
I could not have said it better myself. There are crimes against the state (legality) and crimes against the people. It should come as no surprise that Doyle was cleared of laws written by corrupt politicians like himself. What does came as a surprise is that with a straight face these politicians see nothing wrong with extorting bribes from corporate interests even as they are voting on those interests in the current session.