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Assembly Speaker Vos Refused To Release Redistricting Legal Contract

Legal Firm Helping GOP Defend Legislative District Boundaries

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
Scott Bauer/AP Photo

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos won’t release a $850,000 contract with a legal firm helping the GOP defend legislative district boundaries.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Assembly Republicans have hired Chicago-based law firm Bartlit Beck LLP to help defend the GOP-drawn boundaries in a long-running federal lawsuit.

Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel had been representing the state but lost in the Nov. 6 elections to Democrat Josh Kaul. Now, both Kaul and the Bartlit Beck attorneys will defend the maps.

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Vos spokeswoman Kit Beyer declined to release the contract to the newspaper, saying it was subject to attorney-client privilege. She declined to answer questions from the newspaper on Monday.

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders said he believes denial of the newspaper’s request is illegal.