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FIRST ON FOX: Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes paid nearly $600,000 in taxpayer dollars for his state police department over two years while preparing for funding the police movement.
Barnes is the presumptive Democratic Senate nominee to take on incumbent Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican who is seeking his third term.
Fox News Digital has learned that Barnes’ total bill for his police details between January 7, 2019 and November 6, 2021 was $587,281 in pure public funds.
The $587,281 was used to pay for 8,868 hours of regular police protection, 4,900 hours of overtime protection and 203 hours of holiday protection, according to records requests.
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Barnes, who is running for Senate in the Cheese State, eclipsed the spending of his Republican predecessor with his two-year half-million dollar bill.
As the Democratic Senate nominee spent taxpayers’ money on his own police protection, Barnes also prepared for funding the police movement.
Barnes has made soft-spoken statements online about funding the police movement, and his campaign has received funds from five groups who advocate for defunding the cops.
“Defunding the police only dreams of being as sweeping as a pardon from Donald Trump,” Barnes tweeted in July 2020.
The lieutenant governor also spoke at a large meeting of the Center for Popular Democracy – a far-left group that supports police defunding and claims Israel targets Palestinians with “violent attacks”.
“Defund the police. Defund the police states,” the group tweeted in May last year. “Defund militarized occupation. Defund state-sanctioned violence.”
“In Palestine and everywhere. #FreePalestine,” the Center for People’s Democracy continued.
Additionally, Barnes praised “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., as “brilliant.”
Omar actively called for and supported the gutting of the Minneapolis Police Department. Minneapolis is now in the midst of a violent crime wave with little police presence.
Barnes’ campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor is a noted progressive, aligning himself with “Squad” members like Omar and progressive ideas like abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the United States.
However, Barnes has said in the press that he does not support funding the police movement, despite his close ties.