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Lawmakers seek release of John Doe payment records; GAB denies

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Two lawmakers are trying -- and failing -- to find out how much investigators are being paid to look into alleged illegal campaigning in the state's recall elections.

Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy said no this week to releasing those payment records. He said the law does not allow his agency to release confidential investigative files.

A current John Doe investigation is looking into allegations that Governor Scott Walker worked with a dozen conservative groups to coordinate campaigning for recall votes against him and GOP senators in 2011 and '12.

Assembly Republican David Craig of Big Bend and Senate Republican Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst sought the records. They've said in the past that the public deserves more access to those kinds of files.

Republicans have complained for months that prosecutors in the John Doe are unfairly targeting the GOP.

Last month, the attorney general said it was against the law for the Accountability Board to give investigative records for a state audit of that agency.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)