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Report: Ex-Assembly Majority Leader Kramer could be in more legal trouble

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Former state Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer might be in trouble again -- this time, for having campaign donors pay part of his legal fees to fight his sexual assault charges.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says politicians are only allowed to use campaign funds for legal fees in cases involving election-related law violations.

The paper said Kramer's latest financial report showed that he made two payments of $5,000 each to defense lawyer James Gatzke.

A Government Accountability Board official has not immediately commented.

Kramer, a Waukesha Republican, has pleaded not guilty to a pair of sexual assault charges for allegedly pushing, kissing, and groping a female congressional staffer following a GOP function in Muskego in 2011.

Those charges came after reports that Kramer groped one woman and sexually harassed another on a Republican fundraising trip to Washington in February.

Kramer was removed as the Assembly's majority leader, but he's keeping his Assembly seat until the end of the year. He's not running for re-election.

Kramer has a new lawyer in his pending court case. A status hearing is scheduled for Friday in Waukesha County Circuit Court. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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