Paying for Political Paralysis

In this update: 1. Legislature running up big tab for doing nothing 2. Public’s patience wearing thin as budget impasse drags on 3. PAC donations for first half of 2007 now posted 4. WisconsinEye airs Fighting Bob Fest footage Paying for Political Paralysis

Email date: 9/25/07

In this update:
1. Legislature running up big tab for doing nothing
2. Public’s patience wearing thin as budget impasse drags on
3. PAC donations for first half of 2007 now posted
4. WisconsinEye airs Fighting Bob Fest footage

Operating the Legislature costs more than $188,000 a day. The Democracy Campaign has calculated how much taxpayer money has been wasted because of the stalemate over the state budget that has left the Legislature paralyzed and incapable of doing any meaningful work on other pressing issues. To see what it has cost us for the Legislature to accomplish nothing since its deadline for completing work on the budget came and went, check out our latest Big Money Blog.

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Growing citizen frustration with state lawmakers over the budget was the subject of an article that appeared Sunday in both the Green Bay Press-Gazette and Appleton Post-Crescent. The story focuses on last week’s "Storm for Reform" rally by the People’s Legislature.

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Campaign contributions by special interest Political Action Committees (PACs) to state officials and state campaign committees in the first six months of 2007 have been posted on our Web site. You can find them here.

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WisconsinEye, the state equivalent of the national C-SPAN public affairs network, aired more than four hours of coverage of this year’s Fighting Bob Fest held September 8 in Baraboo. If you couldn’t make it to the sixth annual Bob Fest, you can watch by going here and clicking on Watch. Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe’s speech starts at about the 27-minute mark.