One still-unanswered question in the Wisconsin budget standoff is who is paying the expenses — hotel, transportation, etc. — of the 14 Senate Democrats who fled the state rather than allow debate and a vote on Gov. Walker’s budget proposal. “We have no idea how they’re funding their out-of-state costs,” a Republican Senate aide said a few days ago. “We would love to know.”
Now, it turns out at least one of the fleeing Democrats asked the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, the state’s key interpreter of campaign and ethics laws, for an opinion on whether Democrats can use campaign funds to pay their expenses in exile. The Board said yes.