Democratic lawmakers calling for federal probe into Walker’s flagship job creation agency

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MADISON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are calling on federal investigators to launch a probe into Gov. Scott Walker’s flagship job creation agency.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca and Sen. Julie Lassa both sit on the Wisconsin Economic Development Association’s board. They said Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice should look into WEDC.

WEDC has been floundering since Walker created it in 2011. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Sunday that the agency handed a $500,000 taxpayer-funded loan to a construction company led by a Walker donor. Earlier this month a state audit found that the organization hasn’t followed state law or tracked job creation.

Walker serves as WEDC board chairman. He has called for legislators to restructure the agency. His spokeswoman said Monday that the Democrats are playing political games.