UPDATE: Budget panel co-chair postpones fundraiser after criticism

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 --- 3:05 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The co-chair of the Legislature's budget-writing committee has postponed a fundraiser after criticism over its timing.

Republican Sen. Alberta Darling said Wednesday that she was postponing the $500 per-person fundraiser originally scheduled for Thursday night.

Darling says she determined that having the fundraising the night before the Joint Finance Committee meets for a final time Friday was "not a good idea."

Rep. John Nygren, the other committee co-chair, was also supposed to be at the event. He says the original plan was for the committee to have wrapped up its work on the budget before the fundraiser.

The government watchdog group Common Cause in Wisconsin and Democrats had criticized the timing of the fundraiser, saying it gave the perception that special interests were being shook down for contributions.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 --- 1:26 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The co-chair of the Legislature's budget-writing committee has postponed a fundraiser after criticism over its timing.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Alberta Darling said Wednesday that the Republican from River Hills was postponing the $500 per-person fundraiser originally scheduled for Thursday night.

The spokeswoman, Mary Stitt, did not give a reason for the delay or say when it would be rescheduled. Darling did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The fundraiser was originally set for the night before Darling's committee was to meet for the last time to make decisions about what would be funded in the state budget.

The government watchdog group Common Cause in Wisconsin and Democrats had criticized the timing of the fundraiser, saying it gave the perception that special interests were being shook down for contributions.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 --- 11:31 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A fundraiser for a Republican co-chair of the Legislature's budget-writing committee is being called into question since it falls the night before key votes are scheduled.

The cocktail reception for Sen. Alberta Darling, of River Hills, is Thursday night and two blocks from the Capitol. Darling co-chairs the Joint Finance Committee, which was scheduled to meet Friday to complete its work on the budget.

The other co-chair, Rep. John Nygren, is also scheduled to attend the fundraiser.

Jay Heck, director of the government watchdog group Common Cause in Wisconsin, says Darling should cancel the fundraiser because it appears she's seeking donations to influence decisions on what gets in the budget.

A message left with the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate, which organized the event, was not immediately returned.

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