CMD PR Watch: Koch’s Americans for Prosperity Aims at Kloppenburg, Strikes GOP Attorney General?

April 5, 2011- The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity is behind a mailer criticizing Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Joanne Kloppenburg for prosecutions that were trumpeted by her boss Wisconsin's Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, who is defending Governor Walker's union-busting bill in court.

The Americans for Prosperity postcard has the title "Joanne Kloppenburg: 'Her job as a government lawyer cost Wisconsin jobs,'" and notes three cases she prosecuted during her more than twenty years at the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ). The Attorney General is the elected official in charge of the DOJ.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is not only criticizing Kloppenburg for doing her job, but for prosecutions that the Republican Attorney General JB Van Hollen took full credit for!

Compare criticisms in the AFP mailer with contemporaneous facts:

"Kloppenburg prosecuted an Appleton-area economic developer. The business was forced to pay a $150,000 fine which ultimately bankrupted the job-creating project."

A February 27, 2009 press release Attorney General Van Hollen proudly stated that the developers were fined for filling wetlands without a permit and taking steps to damage wetlands. According to the release, "Runoff pollution is the major source of polluted waters in Wisconsin. "Wisconsin law requires that developers and contractors properly manage construction sites to protect state waters," Attorney General Van Hollen is quoted as saying. "The Department of Justice will continue to work with the DNR to ensure that Wisconsin's natural resources are protected through compliance with the law."


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