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Wisconsin: Chvala sentenced to 9 months

The Wisconsin State Journal reports: Reform advocates hailed the nine-month jail sentence Chuck Chvala received Thursday as fitting punishment for the former Democratic leader prosecutors said had subverted democracy in a reckless quest for political power.

But what the Legislature and Gov. Jim Doyle might do to ensure that more don't follow in Chvala's footsteps was the more pressing concern for some attending Thursday's sentencing in Dane County Circuit Court.

Doyle, a fellow Democrat who pledged to clean up state government during his 2002 run for governor after Chvala and four other lawmakers were charged in a broad Capitol corruption investigation, has not only failed to deliver on those promises, critics said, his administration has also been hit with allegations of questionable fundraising. ...

Chvala, 51, pleaded guilty in October to misconduct in office for directing state employees to work on political campaigns and circumventing election laws by secretly coordinating a phony "independent" campaign committee to help elect vulnerable Democrats. -- Wisconsin State Journal

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