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Glenn Beck: Big Brother is here – the Republic is gone-media takeover is next

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Ex Wisconsin NARAL (Pro-abortion) advocate accused of stealing-2nd time ?

Posted in Abortion, NARAL, Pro-choice law breakers with tags , , , , , , on February 15, 2010 by saynsumthn

From the blog: Political Capital

KATY HERINGLAKE, who once had a no-show job working in the state Capitol for state Sen. Jeff Plale, D-Milwaukee, is back in the news.

A former aide to then-Sen. Brian Burke, she, reportedly, was “convicted of swiping $13,000 from National Abortion Rights Action League of Wisconsin,” Where she used to work.

Now Katy Venskus, she lobbies for AT&T Wisconsin and Education Reform Now.

Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard reportedly is charging Venskus, 34, of Oconomowoc, with two felonies for allegedly using her lobbying company’s credit card on more than $15,000 in personal expenses.

The complaint against Venskus, which was reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, says “she purchased $369 worth of steak from Badger Wholesale Foods for her family with an American Express card owned by Minneapolis-based Public Affairs Co., for which she had worked since January 2008. Venskus left the firm last year.”

Her lawyer, Stephen Meyer, reportedly told the Wisconsin State Journal, that the complaint contained “only allegations” and that the full story had not come out. She is quoted in the complaint as saying, “I’ve reimbursed everything, I’ve paid back all charges, and I’ve done nothing wrong.”

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The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal confirms:

Katy Heringlake was caught up in the caucus scandal as a staffer to then-Sen. Brian Burke and was convicted of swiping $13,000 from National Abortion Rights Action League of Wisconsin, for which she used to work.

A few years later, she re-emerged as Katy Venskus and landed jobs as a campaign manager, a legislative aide and eventually a Capitol lobbyist.

But her life is taking a familiar turn.

Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard is charging Venskus, 34, of Oconomowoc, with two felonies for allegedly using her lobbying company’s credit card on more than $15,000 in personal expenses.

For instance, the complaint says, Venskus purchased $369 worth of steak from Badger Wholesale Foods for her family with an American Express card owned by Minneapolis-based Public Affairs Co., for which she had worked since January 2008. Venskus left the firm last year.

Her lawyer, Stephen Meyer, was not available for comment Wednesday. He told the Wisconsin State Journal, however, that the complaint contained “only allegations” and that the full story had not come out. She is quoted in the complaint as saying, “I’ve reimbursed everything, I’ve paid back all charges, and I’ve done nothing wrong.”

Venskus currently lobbies for AT&T Wisconsin and Education Reform Now, which advocates for a mayoral takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools. The group is headed by former Journal Sentinel education reporter Joe Williams.

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From the Milwaukee Express: (Click Title to read and see links)

MPS Takeover Lobbyist Katy Venskus Charged with Felony Theft and Identity Theft
Posted at 11:05 AM
In Section: Daily Dose Posted By: Lisa Kaiser

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Katy Venskus, lobbyist/state director for the MPS takeover groups Education Reform Now (ERN) and Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), as well as a lobbyist for AT&T, has been charged with felony theft and identity theft.

Seems that she’s suspected of using the credit cards of her former employer, the lobbying firm Public Affairs Company, for $15,473 in unauthorized purchases—including a freezer full of steaks, allegedly.

Her lawyer says these are only allegations and everything can be explained.

This isn’t Venskus’ first run-in with the law.

In 2002 she pleaded no contest to forgery for stealing $13,000 from a different employer, NARAL of Wisconsin. That, too, was a felony.

After that conviction, Venskus worked for Sen. Brian Burke during his fundraising scandal, then raised money for Sen. Jeff Plale’s campaign and was later hired as his capitol staffer, then branched out into lobbying, first with Public Affairs Company, then on her own.

I interviewed Venskus for an article I wrote about ERN/DFER’s connections to Wall Street hedge fund managers. I’d heard rumors about her conviction, but didn’t think it was truly relevant to the story. You know, people can be rehabilitated. Felons can become lobbyists under the law. So I didn’t print anything about her conviction and focused on her present role as a takeover advocate. I added some additional information on my blog—how she hadn’t registered as a lobbyist on the takeover bill until I pointed it out to her, her dismissive attitude toward voters, her attempt to portray herself as a director of a grassroots group when she’s really a paid lobbyist.

Later, I got phone calls and emails from readers who knew about her criminal past and were upset that she had such a prominent role in the takeover debate. Looks like they had reason to be upset.

One other irony—despite being a felon, Venskus can affect public policy at the highest levels as a registered lobbyist. Yet she couldn’t be licensed to become a day care provider. Hmmm…