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Wisconsin board asks lawmakers for recall funds

MADISON, WIs. (AP) -- Wisconsin election officials want state lawmakers to release nearly $405,000 to cover expenses related to recall efforts against six Republicans.

Democrats are trying to oust Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and three other GOP state senators from office. The effort was spurred largely by their support for Walker's contentious law stripping public workers of nearly all their union rights.

Democrats turned in recall petitions in January containing nearly 2 million signatures. The Government Accountability Board, which oversees Wisconsin elections, is reviewing the petitions to determine whether enough valid signatures exist to trigger elections.

Board Director Kevin Kennedy asked the Legislature's finance committee Monday for $404,500 in supplemental money to cover the review work through Feb. 24.

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