GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – At an April 8 press conference at the Brown County Courthouse, a new complaint with the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) regarding the 2020 election was announced.
The Amistad Project, which is the nation’s leading election integrity watchdog, joined together with Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno and five Green Bay residents. The complaint will be filed with the WEC alleging unlawful conduct in the 2020 election.
The following people will be at the press conference:
- Erick Kaardal, Attorney, The Amistad Project
- Sandy Juno, Brown County Clerk
- James Fitzgerald, Green Bay resident
- Richard Carlstedt, Green Bay resident
- Sandra Duckett, Green Bay resident
- Thomas Sladek, Green Bay resident
- Lark Wartenberg, Green Bay resident
The complaint is allegedly going to cite emails that were obtained through public records requests that reportedly revealed a collaboration between the Green Bay Mayor’s office and private interests. The emails reportedly show that the mayor’s staff allowed outside activists to have an impact in managing the election.
“This is a waste of everybody’s time, again, and it’s just seeking to relitigate the 2020 election because frankly they didn’t like the results, they didn’t like that Joe Biden is now president,” Rep. Lee Snodgrass (D), Appleton said when asked to comment on the proceedings.
State Representative Kristina Shelton who represents Distric 90 gave a statement regarding the press conference:
The City of Green Bay ran a legitimate and transparent election. Unfortunately, the Republican Party of Brown County is continuing to attempt to divide us by making allegations of without any evidence. I look forward to the process being moved forward with the Wisconsin Elections Commission so that we can put this issue to bed and concentrate on working on behalf of Wisconsin’s working families.Rep. Kristina Shelton (State Assembly District 90)
The complaint stems back to the just over $1 million in grant money accepted by Green Bay to help conduct the election safely in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Erick Kaardal, an attorney with the Amistad Project, says the money came with strings attached, in the form of conditions the city agreed to with the Center for Tech and Civil Life.
“[The] principle problem is the common council voted for these conditions, and these conditions violate the federal constitution and state law,” Kaardal said.
In October 2020, a federal judge rejected an attempted to block five Wisconsin cities from utilizing that grant money.
Kaardal says this complaint is different from complaints already thrown out, thanks to documents released by the City of Green Bay.
“I want to praise Green Bay, because once the documents started coming out, there was complete disclosure,” he said.
Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha, and Racine also accepted grant money from the Center for Tech and Civil Life.
Kaardal says the documents that have been released by the city spurred his organization to focus first on Green Bay.
“We’re going to do a deep dive on Green Bay,” he said, “and figure out exactly what happened, their methodologies, and then we’ll be challenging the election administration in the other cities, in the other swing states as well.”