He also says that he would seek $6,397 from the ICMA ( International City/County Management Association) of which he is a member of. He also writes (using his county email address) that he would submit the information packet necessary to receive funding from the ICMA. Below is a copy of the email.
On the second page of the email he says the Administrator Yes committee is "scrambling to raise adequate funds and fulfill our campaign plan to get adequate attention." Below is a copy of that email.
Another email dated Wednesday March 21, at 6:13PM Mr. O'Malley is quite pleased that the ICMA has granted the Administrator Yes group $ 5,000. He goes on to explain that city councilmen Chris Olsen is developing radio and newspaper ads. Below is a copy of the email as well as a video of Mr. Olsen arguing with local Tea Party activists about the city admin proposal.
Just based on these emails alone it appears that Mr. O'Malley may have violated Wisconsin Laws 19.59 - Codes of ethics for local government officials, employees and candidates.
La Crosse County Ordinance 2.04
La Crosse County Ordinance 3.28
Mr. O'Malley said in the is article in the Lax Trib just today that:
the ICMA does encourage its members to advocate for professional government management, O’Malley said.
“I believe my participation in support of the referendum was simply part of my job,” O’Malley wrote in his Ethics Board request.
So Mr. O'Malley considers it part of his job to use his county email account to campaign for other cities to hire administrators? How much time did he spend doing this from his county office on his county computer and on his county email account? Were those actions part of his job description laid out by the county board? We must keep in mind Mr. O'Malley does not answer to the ICMA he answers to the La Crosse County Board and La Crosse County taxpayers. LaCrosseWatchDog will be releasing more emails in the near future. Stay tuned.