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Village President Kempinski Hit With Charges of Six Civil Forfeitures...
The Washington County District Attorney, Todd Martens, is seeking six civil forfeitures against Village President Tom Kempinski. Each charge carries a fine of $500 and alleges that a false report or statement was filed between January 1st and October 31st, 2007.
The complaint indicates that bank statements for his campaign account revealed there were three checks in the account that were not listed on the campaign finance reports as required. Each of the three checks were presented to Kempinski by labor organizations. Law requires that contributors not exceed $200 in contributions and the Greater Milwaukee Drive organization made a total of $400 in contributions according to the DA.
During the John Doe hearing in February, Kempinski refused initially to even admit that he was the Village President and subsequently sought protection from self-incrimination by invoking his fifth amendment rights against self incrimination under the Constitution.
The campaign finance reports in question had been altered using a solution to obliterate the writing originally on the reports. The reports had been taken from the Village Hall and were apparently returned with the illegal modifications made to them. The state crime laboratory restored the images sufficiently that they were legible.
It is difficult to understand how a person who has been on the political scene for the length of time that Mr. Kempinski has could have overlooked the law as is alleged.