Friday, February 24, 2006

Woodliff: 'Everything We Did Was Campaign Activity'

Woodliff took the stand at about 8:40 a.m. She took over the job of office manager and assistant to the caucus director after Rhonda Baker left the position in 2000.

When she started, Woodliff said the state-owned computer at the ARC office contained a list of potential GOP Assembly candidates from across the state. She also said it was common practice that campaign-related correspondence sent from ARC to the Capitol was walked over in person rather than sent via legislative page. If a page was used, she said documents were "stapled-up" for confidentiality.

In a job orientation memo prepared by Baker, Woodliff was told "never ever tell someone you are working on something for RACC -- this would cause serious problems." Woodliff testified that most of what she did was campaign-related work.

"Everything we did was campaign activity," she said.

Blanchard displayed a grid-style list of legislative employees who were working on campaigns. Woodliff said she maintained the list and it was subject to "continuous revisions." While at ARC, Woodliff said she was responsible for coordinating payment for legislative employees who would take leave time to work on campaigns through the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee. Woodliff said she would go to the state party's office in Madison to pick up the checks.

In an example of efforts undertaken to keep her political work separate, Woodliff said she was under specific instruction to send only "legitimate" state materials via ARC's Federal Express account. Campaign materials were to be sent through RACC's UPS account, she said. RACC mail was received at the ARC office as well, Woodliff said, although RACC did have a post office box that was picked up by a staffer for former Rep. Bonnie Ladwig.

Other examples of campaign work recounted by Woodliff:
  • Prosecutor Brian Blanchard had Woodliff identify a post-campaign survey she created on a state computer that was sent to legislative staffers who worked on campaigns.

  • During the campaign season, Woodliff said ARC and legislative staffers would meet on Monday mornings in the ARC office to brief each other and supervisors on campaigns they were working on in the field. "Basically Mondays were the time when they could meet with the people in our office and get the information they needed," Woodliff said.

  • Woodliff said she would fax proofs of graphic designs of campaign materials created by ARC staff on a state-owned fax machine to campaign offices and printing houses.

  • Woodliff said on two occasions to her recollection, she delivered poll results from Public Opinion Strategies to Jensen's office.

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