Governor Calls Special Session on Ethics

1. Legislature called into special session to act on ethics bill 2. Updates to WDC web site focus on Supreme Court race, PAC money 3. New wisdc.org feature: YouTube clip of WDC director’s 2006 Fighting Bob Fest speech Governor Calls Special Session on Ethics

Email date: 1/10/07

In this update:
1. Legislature called into special session to act on ethics bill
2. Updates to WDC web site focus on Supreme Court race, PAC money
3. New wisdc.org feature: YouTube clip of WDC director’s 2006 Fighting Bob Fest speech

Governor Jim Doyle today called the Legislature into special session to act on recently agreed-to ethics enforcement reforms.

The Democracy Campaign has been informed the ethics reform bill is set to be introduced by the Joint Committee on Legislative Organization tomorrow and is to receive one or more public hearings sometime next week. Then the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance would take up the bill the week of January 22, with floor debate and passage of the legislation in both houses of the Legislature scheduled for the week of January 29.

More updates to come on this as we get more information....

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This spring’s state Supreme Court race promises to be one of the most competitive campaigns for a seat on the high court in quite some time with no incumbent in the contest. A new section of the Democracy Campaign’s web site is devoted to the race. Among the information you can find there are fundraising totals and listings of campaign contributors to the candidates.

We’ve also updated the information posted on our web site about donations to state campaigns from political action committees (PACs). This updated section of wisdc.org now covers PAC donations through October 23, 2006.

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Yet another newly posted feature of the Democracy Campaign’s web site is a YouTube clip of WDC director Mike McCabe’s speech at last September’s Fighting Bob Fest.

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No doubt about it, things are looking up in Wisconsin. Prospects for progress on ethics and campaign finance reform are markedly improved. 2007 promises to be an exciting year for the cause of reform. As the new legislative session begins, we are rallying our members and citizens around the state to let state lawmakers know it’s time for action to clean up Wisconsin politics and restore democracy. We need people like you to stand with us now more than ever.

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