Wisconsin commission won’t punish fake electors

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Elections Commission has decided not to sanction a group of Republicans who falsely claimed to be presidential electors in 2020.

The commission said Tuesday that commissioners voted unanimously during a closed session on March 9 that the Republicans didn’t violate any laws.

Republican Commissioner Bob Spindell, who was one of the fake electors, voted on the matter. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday that the vote was in response to a complaint from attorney Jeffrey Mandell.

He told the newspaper that he was disappointed with the decision and that Spindell shouldn’t have been allowed to vote since he was one of the complaints’ targets.

Also among the electors was Bill Feehan of the La Crosse County Republican Party. Feehan released a statement Wednesday saying in part, “This complaint perpetuated a false narrative by Democrats that the Republican Electors were part of a plot to overturn the November 2020 election. The illegitimate January 6th Commission has even subpoenaed electors as part of this smear campaign.”

The electors argued that their attorney advised them to sign the election documents in case lawsuits supporting former President Donald Trump were successful. The lawsuits were not.

Jourdan Vian of News 8 Now contributed to this report.

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