MADISON, Wis. — The state’s elections and campaign finance watchdog is digging in its heels, rejecting multiple requests by lawmakers and journalists to take a peek at the agency’s secret financial records.

Arguably taking a less-than-accountable posture, the Government Accountability Board this week denied Wisconsin Reporter’s open records request for information on the agency’s contracts with its two special investigators, Dean Nickel and Francis Schmitz. The accountability board, again, leans on claims of confidentiality, a convenient shield that makes the GAB look like it has something to hide, according to one state senator.

Nickel and Schmitz have been intricately involved in the politically charged John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative organizations. So has the GAB, it seems, according to court documents.