This is not how the political process is supposed to work.
While I fully understand at times there are deals and shenanigans that happen in politics it is also important to point them out as they come to light. I consider this type of behavior from an elected official as an abusive use of power. This type of action taints the system, and causes the average voter to lose even more faith in the political process.
First of all no one should be aiding fathers who need to be carrying their full weight when it comes to child support payments. What is even more particularly gross about this story is that the father in question is wealthy and can afford to pay for his spawn. Shame on his attempt to evade full responsibility.
Second, doing political favors for donors is something that always needs to be viewed from the way it looks to the public as a whole. While donors often have ideas of worth (that was not the case with this story) it needs to be noted by the elected official that the role of a public servant is not to play to the monied interests but those he/she really represents when being elected.
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.
The lawmaker insisted in an interview that the measure, Assembly Bill 540, would not affect Eisenga’s case.
“I’m certain the bill would not affect Mr. Eisenga in any way because it’s not retroactive,” Kleefisch said. “He wanted it retroactive. It’s not retroactive.”
However, 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. That requirement caps incomes subject to child-support payments at $150,000 a year.
Kleefisch’s bill also would prohibit judges from taking into account a parent’s assets in determining the level of child support.
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.
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.