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Saturday, January 11, 2014

It doesn’t get much uglier than this

Wisconsin State Journal - Millionaire divorced dad helps write Wis. bill to cut child support
Wisconsin State Journal: A controversial bill that would allow high-income parents to avoid paying tens of thousands of dollars a year in child support was written with the help of a wealthy donor to the bill’s author, Rep. Joel Kleefisch.

The Oconomowoc Republican acknowledged Friday that Michael Eisenga, a multi-millionaire business owner, and his attorney helped write the bill, which could pave the way for Eisenga to force the court to reopen his divorce settlement.

The lawmaker insisted in an interview that the measure, Assembly Bill 540, would not affect Eisenga’s case.

“I’m certain the bill would not affect Mr. Eisenga in any way because it’s not retroactive,” Kleefisch said. “He wanted it retroactive. It’s not retroactive.”
That claim is loaded with horseshit. According to WSJ, “the bill would require judges to lower child-support payments if they are 10 percent or more above the amount that would have been ordered using the new requirement. That requirement caps incomes subject to child-support payments at $150,000 a year.” So yeah, Eisenga would get off the hook for a large portion of the upkeep of his own children.

This is a shameful bill and the idea that it was bought and paid for makes it all that much worse. What’s it cost to get this sort of anti-family monstrosity written up? WSJ has a breakdown of the bill:

Eisenga, along with his former wife, gave at least $41,750 to Republican politicians since 2005, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign database.

Eisenga donated the maximum amount allowed under law six times to Kleefisch, the database shows, for a total of $3,500. He also gave $7,500 to Kleefisch’s wife, Rebecca, who is the lieutenant governor, and $15,000 to Gov. Scott Walker.
So pretty much more than you can afford, pleeb.

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