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Pro-Recall Group Outs Facebook Page That Boasts About Destroying Signatures

One Wisconsin Now calls on all recall supporters to be vigilant, but only one instance of actual recall destruction found.

Wisconsin recall supporters outed an anonymous Facebook group called Operation Burn Notice on Tuesday as a coordinated effort designed to destroy petitions signed to force Gov. Scott Walker and other Wisconsin Republicans out of office.  

Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, denounced the anonymous group, in a Madison press conference.

"We cannot allow democracy to be threatened by those who would illegally destroy recall petitions with valid signatures on them," Ross said. "We intend to keep the public informed about its rights during the signature gathering process and alert those who would engage in illegal conduct that they do so at their own peril."

One Wisconsin Now, a pro-recall group, is offering a reward for anyone who outs a person destroying signatures. The group also wants the public to know the rules with regards to the recall petition process and released a memo addressing myths that have been circulating around the recall process.

Ross said the purpose of the reward was to get leads on people destroying petitions until Jan. 14, which is the date the recall committees have to turn in the petitions to the Government Accountability Board.

Destroying or defacing petitions is a felony, which carries a $10,000 fine and up to three-and-a-half years in jail.

The group, which said they are for a fair and clean election, also sent a letter to Ismael Ozanne, the Dane County District Attorney, which notified the office of a Facebook page called Operation Burn Notice.

The letter cited several Operation Burn Notice posts that bragged about having destroyed 148,764 signatures as of Sunday.

One post stated Saturday:

The fires have been extinguished and the ashes spread. It was a very good day for a Sunday. To date, Operation Burn Notice has destroyed over 11,000 "documents". Do the math, kiddies. First correct total of signatures gets the Sunday, weekly door-prize.

To date, only one instance of actual criminal activity has been reported to the authorities in Dane County, the rest of the reports have been on other blogs and included screen shots from Facebook pages of people talking about having destroyed petitions.

In response, the group is offering a reward that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone destroying or defacing recall petitions from today through Jan. 14. The group will be taking affidavits from people who step forward and will turn those affidavits over to the appropriate district attorney, Ross said.

Last week, . Instead, they want people to think they've signed the petition, but not actually have their signatures count. The man, who asked not to have his name used, ultimately decided to turn them into the recall committee.

R Still Day November 26, 2011 at 12:34 PM
To Cow Dung......that's one of the most foolish responses here. The LOSS of a JOB is another person OUT OF WORK! What is it about that you don't understand?
R Still Day November 26, 2011 at 12:44 PM
I thought I'd already read the dumbest post here, but this one tops them all! I hate to tell you this, but government employees serve the people of each state and the whole country (federal)....without them, we would have no military, no oversite for airlines, no air controllers, no Dept of Health, Labor Department, Social Services (like it or not Repukes - this IS an important dept. for the disabled and elderly especially) Clean air and Water, National Parks, public water service - the list is endless. We need a BALANCE of both private AND public. If you think private industry gives a flying fig about ANY of us, guess again. I can count on one hand the private companies that care about ANYTHING other than their HUGE profits. Of the Fortune 500 companies, almost 50 paid absolutely NOTHING in taxes to the U.S.in 2010, while making the biggest profits in history. All while creating not one SINGLE job in America. Look in a mirror and take a picture of yourself, with the title - "needs to learn how the country operates" before posting another like your last - WOW!
R Still Day November 26, 2011 at 12:55 PM
If you don't like it here, why don't you take YOUR bias and go to David Horowitz's blog? I'm sure you'll feel quite comfortable among the Reicht wing bloggers there. If you wrote an "opinion" column, dare we say that it was probably your own "biased" one? Obviously this is not where you feel comfortable.
Denise Lockwood November 26, 2011 at 01:42 PM
The police/fire unions do still have their collective bargaining rights, but locally they are also being asked to take an insurance policy that would increase their deductible from $250 to $6,000, pay 15 percent of the premium, and pay 5.8 percent of their wages into their pensions. The Village budget was actually "passed," but they started negotiating with two of the three police/fire unions after it was passed. The police/fire budgets make up about 60 percent of the Village budget. The second police union, the ones who have the sergeants aren't being recognized by the Village Board. So essentially, the Village Board, while they still have their collective bargaining rights, are still being asked to give concessions just like the rest of the village's public employees. There's only one kicker on this... the police and fire unions have collectively save taxpayers $1.8 million since 2009. Essentially, Walker just made the Village Board make the cuts to a group who -- at least in Caledonia -- have already been working with the VB to make cuts. http://caledonia.patch.com/articles/how-well-does-the-union-work-with-the-village#video-4973250 http://caledonia.patch.com/articles/here-s-your-caledonia-village-budget-but-there-are-some-huge-asterisks
Denise Lockwood November 26, 2011 at 01:44 PM
And... it's ironic that when I cover the Village budgets -- the only people who show up besides me are the people on the payroll.
M. Hope America November 26, 2011 at 02:23 PM
I don't think you should assume all republicans support Scott Walker. Many Republicans do not.
Barb Gantt November 26, 2011 at 06:23 PM
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” M.Gandi "we shall never surrender" W.Churchill "All a man can betray is his conscience." Joseph Conrad "no-quarter-given-and-no” Ernest Hemmingway
mau November 26, 2011 at 06:42 PM
In a progressive state like Wisconsin, why is it the public sector unions think only they are entitled to jobs and free health care. There's a silver lining for the democrats who are always promoting democracy and equal rights for all. By 2014 everyone in the world will be entitled to free health care, in the United States, under obamacare. So all you private sector unions have something to look forward to. Or did unions swing a special deal for themselves, at the expense of everyone else?
Victor Villarreal November 27, 2011 at 01:54 AM
interesting story ... the first time ive been compelled to call the FBI and report the site and forum posters names.
Sue Crisman November 27, 2011 at 03:05 AM
@brian dey: you said, and I quote: "Foolish, childish, borish and products of pulic education and public colleges" This is appalling from a self-proclaimed former school board member. First of all, it's boorish, not borish. Second, and worse, your contempt for the very school system you were supposed to be guiding and helping is apparent, and shocking. I'm glad you got voted out.
Sue Crisman November 27, 2011 at 03:09 AM
I didn't even notice that you had also typed "pulic." I quoted you with a cut and paste, so I should have put a [sic] after your "pulic."
Sue Crisman November 27, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Maybe I am, as it were, flogging a dead horse. After all, he seemed to be getting angrier and angrier, with less civility and more typos, and then said he was going out to play with guns. Sad.
Brian Dey November 27, 2011 at 03:41 AM
Sue- I wasn't self-proclaimed, I was elected. Second, I wasn't voted out; I chose not to run for a second term. And yes, I have a lot of contempt for RUSD, who has a school board that was bought and paid for by the teachers union and SEIU. That wasn't always the case. I've seen a district, union, administration and school board guide a district to one of the worst districts in every single category. I saw a district that had a scandalous superintendent and finacial team that diverted money for the classrooms into their own pockets, only to get hefty payouts by the board when I and another board member exposed it. I listened to my constituents as they lost all faith in a school system that delivered the lowest graduation rate in the state, one of the highest drop-out and truancy rates in the state. I saw adistrict who spent millions on tex books, yet our high school students have no books to take home. I've seen them spend millions on expanding employment and a new central office building while crying that there was no money to replace pre-civil war buildings. And with Act 10, I teachers worried more about their own bottomline while only graduating 70% of their students. That is what you should be shocked about, I know I am. I'll stand on my record anytime and google my name with RUSD and you will see why I have no sympathy for RUSD teachers, administrators or current school board members.
Bob McBride November 27, 2011 at 04:18 AM
No doubt they really appreciated having to compile a bunch of pointless paperwork based on your report, Victor.
truthhound November 27, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Not surprising at all! Some of the Walker supporters have once again proven that they are against democracy and will do anything to stop it. No different than going around and removing the opposition's yard signs as if they have the right. It is a criminal act, let alone fascist, so please stop calling yourself patriotic Americans. You are what you are: Fascists!!
TosaModerate32 November 27, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Get off of the public dole you lazy good for nothing liberals. We are sick and tired of carrying your water, Walker is a saint for having to put up with you whiny good for nothings.
Morninmist Same November 27, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Hey Tosa Moderate. Name calling is not a good character trait to have TosaModerate. Cheers
Morninmist Same November 27, 2011 at 04:09 PM
You sure are silly and wrong!! "By 2014 everyone in the world will be entitled to free health care, in the United States, under obamacare" mau -go educate yourself before you post again and look stupid again.
Donna Hollon November 27, 2011 at 04:29 PM
I have worked all of my life and no one has EVER CARRIED A THING FOR ME. I have never sought nor received one cent of public money, something that cannot be said for any of the republicans I know. Where I am from they spout the same tripe as you while they sit and wait for their check from the government. Everyone of them. I love to call them on it and watch the sputtering back-pedaling. So do not speak to me that way. I am probably carrying your sorry hide,too!
Say What? November 27, 2011 at 05:47 PM
So, I was talking to one of those Republicans this weekend. You should have heard him flipping out about ending tax breaks. Yeah, it was because they were tax breaks that were coming to him, and not the poor people. Wait, he has a hard time realizing he isn't rich. Sounds like a few people here yelling at the "poor" people about sucking off the teet.
mau November 27, 2011 at 06:04 PM
@Morninmist Same, it sure doesn't take much to rattle your cage. Guess you didn't hear all the excited libs, when obama was elected, screeching that they would get free health care, free housing, wouldn't have to work, yadda, yadda, yadda. And who is looking stupid, Someone who reacts like you do. You better do some reading yourself. There were special deals made for certain companies and unions, who would not have to join the obamacare pool. And with this president, how is this health care not going to cover illegal immigrants. This from a president who doesn't want any immigrants checked for their legality. And how is someone who has no money going to be forced to pay premiums for insurance? So is everyone who doesn't have the money to pay or refuses to pay, going to get thrown in prison? So maybe I look stupid, but I caught a sucker.
mau November 27, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Lest you forget "We can agree to disagree".
mau November 27, 2011 at 06:21 PM
I love commenters who finger point at bickering, calling us children, and then bicker themselves.
CowDung November 28, 2011 at 03:27 PM
I didn't think my comment was that hard to understand, but perhaps a translation is in order then--without Walker's budget repair bill, we'd be looking at much larger unemployment numbers in the public sector. The fact that only 400 jobs were lost instead of thousands of jobs is a good thing, isn't it?
unreasonable November 29, 2011 at 04:54 AM
Brian- I wish you were still on the school board, i can understand why you ran screaming. Your common sense views probably didn't mix well. Looking forward to reading your comments on here in the future! Scott Walker is protecting us from the public employee unions and if RUSD had used the tools we would be in better shape. It's never easy to look in the mirror and say "Yes, I do need to pay my fair share of benefits and I'm lucky to have a job" The anger for Scott Walker is so high because he does what he says and has a pair of steel balls. I cant wait to vote for him again.
grs December 04, 2011 at 11:49 AM
No, CD, it's not working.
grs December 04, 2011 at 11:56 AM
les we forget scotty became county exec of milw. via a recall election. There is a cost associated with democracy, that's true.
grs December 04, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Saint Walker, ha ha. Thanks ;)
Bucky December 19, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Like Walker's kids ?
Bucky December 19, 2011 at 12:14 PM
Nat & Jimmy both going to the slamer. I’m never sharing confidential materials with you ever again! Don't forget your soap on a rope !

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