Assembly Republicans abruptly cancelled a fundraiser scheduled for Wednesday night after Democrats noted the event violated the Legislature’s rules.
“Due to an unfortunate scheduling oversight tonight’s Assembly Republican Fundraiser at the Concourse has been cancelled,” a spokeswoman for the group said in a Wednesday afternoon email.
The cancellation came about a half hour after the State Journal first reported on the fundraiser.
The Assembly rules bar members from participating in fundraisers during legislative floor periods.
“A member may not schedule, hold, attend, or contribute money for or at a fund-raising social event in Dane County during a floor period of the Legislature or during a special or extraordinary session if the event is for a member; is sponsored by the member’s personal campaign committee; or is sponsored by a legislative campaign committee,” the Assembly rules read.
The Legislature’s floor period began Tuesday, and is scheduled to continue through Jan. 29, according to the session calendar.
Earlier Wednesday, Mike Tate, chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, called for the “speed networking” event to be cancelled.
“Robin Vos and the rest of Scott Walker’s Republican Party don’t seem to value the rule of law in Wisconsin and apparently they can’t be bothered with their own rules either. The rules set by Assembly Republicans themselves are pretty clear that fundraising events in Dane County during a floor period of the Legislature are prohibited,” Tate told the State Journal. “If Republicans want to cling to even a shred of good government credibility, Vos needs to do the right thing and call off this event.”
The event was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the Concourse Hotel, with contributions going to the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee (RACC).
Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller confirmed Wednesday that the Assembly rule limiting where and when fundraisers may be held remains in place.
A RACC spokeswoman told the State Journal the event is being rescheduled.
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