Sending an Unethical Career Politician
“While in office, Gard learned to manipulate the system, using political tricks to treat himself to tens of thousands of dollars in extra per-diem payments and special interest goodies,” said Joe Wineke, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair. “Sending another unethical career politician like John Gard to
John Gard’s Career of Unethical Behavior:
1987 – Elected to Assembly.
1988 – Charged with campaign finance violations.
1989 – Refused to pay fine for violation.
1991 – Voted against creating ethics code.
(Source: Wisconsin Blue Book, 1993-1994)
1992 – Violated Assembly voting rules.
1994 – Caught padding travel allowances.
(Source: The Capital Times, 7/7/94)
1997 – Ethics board asked to review Gard vote.
(Source: The Capital Times, 8/21/97;
1999 – Allowed lobbyists to shape health care bill.
(Source: AP, 10/10/99)
Took money from special interests just prior to vote.
Moved to Sun Prairie – continued to take Peshtigo per-diem.
(Source: Warranty Deed #3181851, 12/19/99; AP, 2/6/04)
Took $13,350 in expenses.
(Source: The Capital Times, 1/26/00)
2002 – Elected House Speaker after friend and ally indicted.
Names indicted former speaker Scott Jensen committee chair.
Names indicted ally Steven Foti Majority Leader.
2003 – Accepts $21,375 from road builders during budget debate.
(Source: The Capital Times, 5/20/03)
Accused of violating open meetings law.
(Source: The Capital Times, 12/17/03)
2004 – Accused of vote trading.
(Source: The Capital Times, 2/16/04)
2006 – Gard ally Steven Foti goes to jail.
Gard’s political mentor, Scott Jensen, sentenced to prison.
Gard loses election to Steve Kagen
2006 – 2008 – ???
2008 – The same old Gard is back!
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