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Prosecutor: SEIU organizer committed voter fraud in 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court election

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Patrick Howley
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In a letter endorsing Kloppenburg, leaders from the American Federation of Teachers Local 212 declared, “[O]n April 5 we will continue the process of defending our college and taking back our state from walker and the anti-union ideologues who presently control it … A vote for Prosser is a vote for Walker. It’s time to get even. Vote Kloppenburg on April 5.”

Kloppenburg declared victory April 6 after an initial count showed her winning the election by 204 votes. But a subsequent recount showed numerous vote-counting errors, including the election-night loss of 14,000 votes when the Waukesha County Clerk failed to properly save data on her personal computer.

Prosser ended up defeating Kloppenburg by 7,199 votes, less than one-half of one percentage point, in the general election.

Haynes, meanwhile, left the SEIU after Kloppenburg’s defeat.

Haynes ended his employment with the SEIU on May 5, 2011, exactly one month after voting in Wisconsin. He received two direct-deposit payments from the union in the weeks following his departure, for $50,429.70 and $22,162.54, respectively.

Haynes did not report the two payments to the IRS as taxable income on his 2011 W-2 report, leading Landgraf to conclude that Haynes and the SEIU worked out a “severance payment” that was “intended to be tax-free.”

“Based on my review of IRS publication 4128 (Rev. 5-2011), severance pay is taxable,” Landgraf wrote.

“Likewise, it occurs to me that documents relating to the payment of the sum of $75,000 may provide evidence of the fact that, well before April 5, 2011 (Election Day), Mr. Haynes knew that he would not be working for SEIU either in Wisconsin or elsewhere. Such evidence, in turn, will bear on his intent to remain in Wisconsin at the time he registered to vote in April 2011,” Landgraf wrote.

The SEIU, at its Washington, D.C. headquarters, declined to comment for this story, directing The Daily Caller to its Wisconsin state counsel, who did not respond to a request for comment. The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office also did not respond to TheDC’s request for comment.

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