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Review for La Crosse Loggers Foundation Inc, La Crosse, WI, USA

Rating: 1 stars Kapanke admits ethics breach By SAMANTHA MARCUS | Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:05 am State Sen. Dan Kapanke admitted to unintentionally violating state ethics codes by paying off personal debt with money from a charity funded through organizations that employ lobbyists. The Republican lawmaker said Wednesday the payment to the city of La Crosse for new lighting at the Loggers’ baseball park was “inappropriate.” Kapanke is challenging U.S Rep. Ron Kind for the 3rd District Congressional seat. He and his wife, Ruth Kapanke, own the La Crosse Loggers, a summer collegiate baseball team that plays at La Crosse’s Copeland Park. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a complaint Wednesday with the Government Accountability Board alleging Kapanke effectively funneled lobbyist dollars through La Crosse Loggers Foundation Inc. for personal gain. Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate characterized it as a money laundering scheme that gives the foundation the appearance of being a “slush fund to benefit Dan Kapanke.” In the wake of Kapanke’s admission, Tate called for Kapanke to resign his state Senate seat and suspend his Congressional campaign. Kapanke has represented Wisconsin’s 32nd Senate district since 2005. “How many times is Dan Kapanke going to continue to claim innocent mistakes when he gets in trouble for unethical behavior,” Tate said. “This aw-shucks routine just doesn’t play anymore.” In 2009 Kapanke admitted his office mishandled an open records request filed by the Democratic Party and voluntarily paid the party’s legal fees and a $100 statutory fine. The foundation was set up in March 2006 to make charitable donations with money contributed by organizations directly tied to lobbyists. In 2007 the Ethics Board, now the Government Accountability Board, threw out a complaint by the Democratic Party that Kapanke was collecting income through that charity. But Internal Revenue Service records show in June 2009 the foundation paid a $16,930 installment due on a $225,000 loan from the city of La Crosse to the Kapankes for improved lighting at Copeland Park. Kapanke said the charity then believed it complied with IRS allowances for donations made for the “erection or maintenance of public buildings, monuments or works.” Any improvements made to the baseball park belong to the city of La Crosse. “If we wanted to hide something we certainly wouldn’t hide it on IRS forms,” Kapanke said Wednesday. He announced also he’d transferred the nearly $17,000 back to the foundation from La Crosse Loggers Inc. AGovernment Accountability Board spokesman said it had received the complaint but couldn’t comment further. Copies also were forwarded to the La Crosse County district attorney, the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke said the Government Accountability Board would take the lead on any investigation. A phone call placed to the Kind campaign Wednesday evening was not immediately returned.

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Review for APS Foundation of America, Inc., La Crosse, WI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As the president of the APS Foundation of America, Inc, I would like to share the accomplishments of 2009. Every year we work harder to get awareness out and work on education to the public and medical community. - Maintained 501(c)3 Non Profit Status granted under Section 170, 2055, 2106, 2522. We also were granted an advanced ruling as a Public Charity. - Filed Taxes - Registered to solicit in the states we were required to - Made all brochure & booklets that have bibliographies available – available online - Published quarterly newsletters that are available free to the public on our website – benefited at least 200,000 people - Donated & Mailed Brochures & Booklets –benefited at least 20,000 people - Donated Printed Publications to Public Libraries – Unknown number of people benefited - Invited to several large professional medical conferences. - Networking with other Non-Profit Organizations and medical professionals - Maintained our Webpage –benefiting 76,839 people based on the index page. - Maintained the forum to make it more user friendly – benefiting 183,844 people - Maintained HONCode Certification on APS Foundation of America, Inc. - Maintained HONCode Certification on APS Friends & Support Forum. - Started and maintain several blogs on various servers to get awareness out – benefited at least 200,000 people - Launched press releases – benefited at least 50,000 people - Launched Radio Public Service Announcements – benefited at least 5,000 - Fundraisers - Café Press – approx 400 items sold - Holiday Stuff - Giving Tree – 38 participated - Café Press Collectors Edition – 3 participated - Made Press in 5 different media venues that we are aware of – at least 100,000,000 people benefited - House, MD – “Instant Karma” (original air date: 10/15/09) – benefited at least 16,000,000 people. - Death of Tom Sparks due to APS – picked up by AP Wire - unknown how many people benefited (Picked up on TV, radio, internet, newspapers & social networking sites) - Mystery Diagnosis – “Falling Through the Cracks” (re- aired several times, original air date: 3/6/2006) - unknown how many people benefited - Number of Friends of APSFA: 35 benefited

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a great sense of accomplishment in helping others and spreading the word about APS. I have also received advocacy from our Medical Advisers and volunteer Social Worker. I have also made some great friends!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more volunteers and professionals willing to step up and donate their services.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

making new friends and knowing I am making a difference in the world regarding APS Awareness and helping APS patients & educating medical personnel.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great and easy to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make chapters in every state and be able to afford to attend more conferences.

Ways to make it better...

we had more committed volunteers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial. With the economy being tight, donations are lower and makes it hard for us to do what we need to do and attend what we want to attend.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the staff, volunteers, medical advisers, and board of directors are a hard working bunch. I am proud to work with them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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Role:  Board Member & President.