Wisconsin rail exec charged with illegal campaign donations

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Posted: Apr 11, 2011 11:27 AM
Wisconsin rail exec charged with illegal campaign donations

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) - A Wisconsin railroad executive was charged with two felonies on Monday for making illegal campaign contributions to Republican Governor Scott Walker and other candidates, according to court records.

William Gardner, the head of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, was charged with making excessive contributions and for unlawful donations. He has an initial court appearance scheduled May 2.

Gardner has acknowledged using company money to reimburse employees for making contributions to Walker and other candidates ahead of last year's election. Walker returned $43,000 in contributions after the revelation.

The Government Accountability Board and Milwaukee County District Attorney's office have scheduled a Monday afternoon news conference to discuss the case.

(Writing and reporting by Jeff Mayers; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Greg McCune)