Money Talks: Wisconsin Legislator Does Big Favor For Millionaire Divorced Dad Patron
Meet Wisconsin state legislator Joel Kleefisch. He’s a Republican. He’s the husband of Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch. Two years ago he was caught committing voter fraud. And now, he has a really, really rich campaign donor — a divorced one-percenter millionaire dad on whose behalf (and in a display of genuine Teawinger family values) he has peddled a state bill that would slash child support.
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 multi-millionaire 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.”
Really, Joel? Then explain this:
[T]he 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.
Sounds retroactive to me.