Email date: 7/11/07
In this update:
1. Alliance of citizen groups created to get the truth out about AT&T cable bill
2. Spotlight intensifies on business subsidies without scrutiny
3. Legislator pushing pet bill
4. Brennan Center takes deeper look at Supreme Court ruling on McCain-Feingold
The Democracy Campaign’s director took part in a Capitol press conference this morning announcing the formation of a new coalition of citizen groups called TeleTruth Wisconsin devoted to pulling back the curtain and exposing the fake grassroots lobbying and very real assaults on democracy behind telecommunications giant AT&T’s major push for cable deregulation legislation favorable to the company.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently ran an excellent series of stories about how the state is doling out corporate welfare without checking on whether the recipients deliver on the promises they make when they apply for the assistance. The Democracy Campaign raised similar concerns in a 2005 report showing how companies making large campaign donations to state officials got significantly more state assistance than non-contributors and how there was little or no state oversight of how companies used the state money. There are finally some signs that the repeated calls for more legislative scrutiny are beginning to be heard.
The issue of corporate subsidies without accountability was the subject of a recent blog posted by our research director. Speaking of blogs, the latest post entitled "Catering to Delusion" is causing quite a stir and filling our e-mail inbox. You’ll want to check it out if for no other reason than the link to the YouTube clip of Keith Olbermann dismembering Bill O’Reilly.
It’s nothing new for politicians to push their pet bills. But there are pet bills and then there is a pet bill. To read some of the early reaction to Representative Sheryl Albers’ pet custody bill, go here and here.
The attorneys at the Brennan Center for Justice are among the nation’s most respected voices on campaign finance and other election-related issues. The center’s reasoned legal analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Wisconsin Right to Life’s challenge of the federal McCain-Feingold campaign reform law is well worth reading.