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Outsider gets permit for Solidarity Singers protest, angering group

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - For the second time this week, an outsider obtained a permit so the almost daily anti-Walker sing-along could take place at the State Capitol without any arrests.

That didn’t sit well with some members of the Solidarity Singers – who’ve refused to get state permits required for Capitol gatherings of 20 people or more.

The administration said Elliot Doren of St. Paul Minnesota took out a permit for Wednesday on behalf of the Solidarity Singers.

Group members pride themselves on gathering without permits, saying they shouldn’t need approval from the government to protest the government. They’ve been getting citations for over three weeks, after Capitol Police began a crackdown. More than 200 citations have been issued.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says it’s trying to find out how much taxpayers are spending for the extra police work. The paper does not have an answer yet – but the administration does report spending almost $13,000 to remove chalk marks and graffiti that protestors have been leaving on the Capitol sidewalks since the pro-union protests of 2011.

Officials say the cost figure may include salaries for staffers that would have been paid anyway.