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The Latest: Wisconsin Republicans detail internal problems

May 13, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Republican Party report (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

The Wisconsin Republican Party has released a report detailing internal operational problems during the 2018 campaign.

The 15-page report released Monday faulted the party for outsourcing too much work to consultants and ignoring the grassroots.

The report was conducted by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and other top Republicans. Johnson plans to discuss its findings at the state party convention this weekend.

Johnson says in a cover letter that the key to improvement is empowering and engaging with grassroots Republicans. He also says the state party must do more to help county parties recruit and train volunteers and candidates.

Republicans have been reviewing what went wrong last year to result in every Republican candidate, including then-Gov. Scott Walker, being defeated.


2:15 p.m.

An internal review of the Wisconsin Republican Party says it missed payments to insurers, racked up nearly $600 a month in interest on a maxed out credit card and outsourced routine work to consultants who made more than $500,000.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday reported on details of portions of the report. The conservative MacIver Institute first reported on some portions of the report last week.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and other top Republicans led the review following the defeat of Scott Walker and every other Republican in statewide office.

The findings were to be discussed at the party’s annual convention this weekend.

Johnson told The Associated Press in an interview that the report showed the party was too reliant on consultants and needed to re-engage with grassroots supporters.

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