Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
June 16th, 2010
For Immediate Release
DA Investigates Taxpayer-Funded Political Blogger
Investigators Seize Blogger’s Computer
“Wisconsin law prohibits public employees from using taxpayer resources for political purposes,” said Chris Kliesmet, executive administrator of the Citizens for Responsible Government Network. “A government employee running political blogs at work is clearly taxpayer-funded political activity. “
The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has taken possession of the government computer used by Christopher Liebenthal, a
“If he is guilty of bilking the taxpayers, Liebenthal should man up and quit,” said Kliesmet. “The taxpayers should not be subsidizing his campaign blathering on work time.”
“Liebenthal regularly whines about overworked, underappreciated government workers,” said Kliesmet, “but, he has time to write political columns at all hours of the day and night. This is may be one reason why people don’t think government workers have it so bad.”
Liebenthal has been active in Milwaukee County First and AFSCME Local 48. He has blogged or maintained web pages for those groups as well as his own. Blogging under the name “Capper,” Liebenthal writes for two political blogs called Cognitive Dissidence and Whallah! Numerous political columns by “Capper” [Liebenthal] were posted during working hours.
“There is a place for political activity and it’s not on the taxpayers’ dime,” Kliesmet said. “At a time when citizens are taxed to the max, Liebenthal thinks he’s above the law when it comes to spending public dollars. The District Attorney needs to prosecute and Liebenthal should show the courage of his convictions and step down.”
For further information contact Chris Kliesmet at 414-429-9501 or 414-801-0800 or visit www.crgnetwork.com or www.num6ersgame.blogspot.com