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Scroll down to view a previously unpublished list of forfeitures paid to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board from 2009 to 2011 for campaign finance, ethics and lobbying violations. For more information about what statutes the board enforces, go to

GAB staff assembled this data in January 2012 in response to an open-records request from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

Warning: GAB was not entirely consistent about the “Year” field, according to Reid Magney, GAB spokesman. In most cases, staffers entered the year the investigation was closed. In some cases it may denote when the investigation was opened.

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