Theater of the Absurd

Wisconsin’s budget stalemate continues to drag on with no end in sight. Frustrated observers, and at least two state lawmakers, are calling for legislators to lose pay if they can’t produce a budget. Hitting them in the bank account might help, but hitting them in the campaign account would be even more effective. Theater of the Absurd

Email date: 10/3/07

Wisconsin’s budget stalemate continues to drag on with no end in sight. Frustrated observers, and at least two state lawmakers, are calling for legislators to lose pay if they can’t produce a budget. Hitting them in the bank account might help, but hitting them in the campaign account would be even more effective.

The Democracy Campaign’s director told WISC-TV "the most powerful thing that we could do is ban campaign fundraising during the budget process because I guarantee you, if they couldn’t raise campaign money right now, they’d have a budget done." The Capital Times came to the same conclusion in a recent editorial.

Bipartisan legislative proposals to ban the practice of shaking down special interests for campaign donations while the state budget is under development have been introduced as Senate Bill 25 and Assembly Bill 61.

This reform legislation should be on the agenda for a special session on campaign reform this fall that Governor Jim Doyle has promised to call. If you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes to contact the governor and urge him to keep his promise.