Firefighters union’s ex-leaders disciplined

By Daniel Bice,

Federal election regulators have officially doused an elaborate and long-running campaign laundering scheme by former leaders of the Wisconsin firefighters union.

In a deal recently made public, the Federal Election Commission fined the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin and 11 of its former board members a total of $58,000 and banned them from running for leadership posts in the union for varying lengths of time for “knowingly and willfully” violating campaign laws and regulations.

The union represents firefighters throughout the state, except Milwaukee, which has its own union.

No Quarter first reported on the laundering scheme in late 2010, leading to the resignation of five board members.

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