Saturday, January 11, 2014

Republican State Rep. Kleefisch drafts law reducing Millionaire's Child Support Obligations.

The Lt. Governors husband, Rep. Joel Kleefisch, just got caught helping a millionaire avoid paying higher child support than he thinks is "fair." Kleefisch; family values supporter or scumbag?
WSJ: 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 multimillionaire 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. Rep. Joel Kleefisch insisted in an interview that the measure, Assembly Bill 540, would not affect Eisenga’s case.
He was lying. Nice quality for an elected official. Now it does help the millionaire. What do you know. This bill couldn't get any uglier, could it?
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 … caps incomes subject to child-support payments at $150,000 a year.
It gets worse:
Kleefisch’s bill also would prohibit judges from taking into account a parent’s assets in determining the level of child support.
Who is this greedy SOB?
Court documents show Eisenga, a Columbus developer, owner of American Lending Solutions and the former mayor of Columbus, was ordered to pay a minimum of $15,000 a month for his three children based on his 2010 income of $1.2 million and assets of $30 million.
$180,000 a year for his kids, while he pockets an easy million? Nice on Rep. Kleefisch, so much for family values and parental responsibility. You would think a father’s love for his kids would include a  chance to see them set up for life?  
The bill drafting records, which include emails, letters and handwritten notes, show Eisenga and his attorney, William Smiley of Portage, made numerous suggestions for changes to the bill aimed at helping Eisenga lower his child-support payments. Among the documents is a Sept. 5, 2013, letter in which Smiley tells Eisenga to request specific modifications to “the portion (of the bill) that would require the court to modify your child support order based solely on the passage of this bill.”

In a Sept. 19 email, Pam Kahler, the Legislative Reference Bureau staffer drafting the bill, warned Moore that making the changes suggested by Eisenga and his lawyer “will potentially open the flood gates because the courts will be required to revise any child support order that was granted before the effective date, since the amount will not have been determined using the new method.”

Kleefisch said he stands by the bill and denies that its primary goal is to benefit Eisenga.

Two attorneys who represent Eisenga’s former wife, noted Eisenga’s extensive campaign contributions to Kleefisch and other Republican politicians. Eisenga donated the maximum amount allowed under law six times to Kleefisch 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.

“He (Eisenga) is using his power, influence and wealth to create what would be a horrible law for the people of Wisconsin … This is politics at its worst.”

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