The signature-gathering effort to force a recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is in full-swing, and with it, the allegations of fraud. It's the job of the Government Accountability Board and local district attorneys to investigate these fraud claims, but several watchdog groups have emerged on both sides, and each side is watching the other for slip-ups.
Scot Ross with One Wisconsin Now says his left-leaning group will offer big money for information about Walker supporters gone wrong. "If they see things, and want to submit and affidavit to us, in the event that the affidavit results in charges and a conviction for people illegally destroying recall petitions, we will pay out from the $10,000 reward we set up," Ross said.
On the other side, the right-leaning MacIver Institute is one of several groups, including the Republican party itself, watching out for fraud.
Both groups point to an incident during Friday's "Occupy Milwaukee" demonstrations on the North Avenue bridge, overlooking I-43, when petitioners were accused of using cigarettes to get signatures of women who looked too young to vote. FOX6 and the Democratic party looked into the incident, and confirmed the woman's ID shows she's eligible to vote.
Recall fraud of any kind is a felony, and could carry a sentence of more than three years in prison.