Head of firm chosen for new Wisconsin test gave Scott Walker $10,000

Sep 15, 2015 by

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The president and CEO of the Minnesota firm chosen to produce the new Wisconsin Forward Exam is a former Wisconsin Republican lawmaker who last year donated $10,000 to Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election campaign.

A spokeswoman for Susan Engeleiter of Data Recognition Corp. said the donation occurred months before the state issued its request for proposals and that DRC staff had no discussions with the governor or his aides about a potential contract.

Cullen Werwie, spokesman for the Wisconsin Department of Administration, said the governor’s office was not involved in the procurement process and that the selection was made by the Department of Public Instruction.

The Maple Grove, Minn., firm was selected to produce a shorter, less costly test to replace the Badger Exam, in what is expected to be a $63 million, 10-year deal, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announced last week.

Engeleiter contributed $10,000 to the Republican governor’s 2014 re-election campaign, her largest political contribution in nearly two decades, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Before the Walker donation, Engeleiter had contributed $100 to $200 to legislative candidates and $500 to Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers’ 2013 campaign.

DPI spokesman John Johnson said the contribution to Evers played no role in the firm’s selection.

Source: Head of firm chosen for new Wisconsin test gave Scott Walker $10,000

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