Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, has filed a civil complaint seeking to invalidate the Republican controlled legislatures votes on the budget repair bill. But a review of Ozanne’s personal politics shows he’s not an impartial bystander.
Ozanne has a strong history of donating to democratic candidates. According to campaign finance records he donated over $1700 to Gov. Walker’s opponent for governor, Tom Barrett during the last election.
Ozanne has also put his money behind Democratic attempts to control the Legislature. He donated money to the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee on Aug. 18 2010 giving $250 and on Nov. 13, 2009, donating another $250.
Since 2008, Ozanne donated over $2000 to former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle. Interestingly, it was Doyle who appointed Ozanne as Dane County DA, despite the fact that his competitor for the job, Deputy DA Tim Verhoff, had 77 recommendations, while Ozanne had just two. Ozanne has yet to face an election by the people.
Ozanne also plays on the federal campaign field, donating $500 to Barack Obama in 2009.
Considering Ozanne’s strong financial backing of Gov. Walker’s opponent in the last election, the public should call into question his true motivations for filing a lawsuit trying to block Gov. Walker’s Budget Repair Bill. This is a clear class of a public official playing politics and championing his own personal agenda over what duly elected officials legally determined is the best course of action for the people of Wisconsin to gain control over a state that is $3.6 billion in debt.
Ozanne’s Donations to Tom Barrett:
Oct. 5, 2010- $250
Oct. 5, 2010 again – $500
July 1, 2010 – $100
Feb. 21, 2010 – $500
Jan. 27, 2010 – $100
Dec. 30, 2009 – $31
Dec. 15, 2009 – $250