Block was banned from politics for three years and fined $15,000 for his role in an illegal scheme in the campaign of Supreme Court Justice Jon Wilcox. He was the campaign manager. An "independent" group, the Wisconsin Coalition for Voter Participation (WCVP), raised $200,000 to mail 354,000 postcards and conduct a phone campaign disguised as a non-partisan get-out-the-vote effort. It was illegally coordinated with Wilcox's campaign and helped him defeat challenger Walt Kelly.Wilcox was another of the court's so-called "conservatives" who, instead of getting banned from politics like his helpers, ascended to the bench.
October 9, 2011
This morning's Journal-Sentinel celebration of Republican operative Mark Block is notable for its omission of this historical tidbit: