Madison City Council to Take Up Clean Election Resolution Tuesday

In this update: 1. Vote set for March 20 on Madison clean election proposal 2. March 29 Oshkosh forum to focus on women, money and politics 3. Governor ashamed to admit he attended Troha Christmas party 4. Lobbyists outnumber news reporters 80 to 1 Madison City Council to Take Up Clean Election Resolution Tuesday

Email date: 3/16/07

In this update:
1. Vote set for March 20 on Madison clean election proposal
2. March 29 Oshkosh forum to focus on women, money and politics
3. Governor ashamed to admit he attended Troha Christmas party
4. Lobbyists outnumber news reporters 80 to 1

The Madison City Council is scheduled to act on a proposed resolution calling for a citizen committee to examine how to create a system of full public financing of municipal elections at its meeting next Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. in room 201 in the City-County Building at 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The resolution was approved March 6 by the council’s Organizational Committee after committee members amended it to support the "investigation" of full public financing of municipal elections. In its original form, the resolution proposed "endorsing" full public financing. An amendment seeking to restore the original language will be offered on the council floor on Tuesday.

If you live in Madison, please take a minute to contact City Council members in advance of next week’s meeting to let them know how you feel about ensuring clean elections in your community. If you’re from outside Madison, contact them to let them know citizens from across the state are watching with great interest. You can e-mail all members of the council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For those who also are able to attend next Tuesday’s council meeting, citizens can speak for up to five minutes on any agenda item. Please come if you can and speak out for voter-owned elections. For some thoughts on the importance of acting now to safeguard the health of democracy at the local level, check out the recently published guest commentary by the Democracy Campaign’s director.

By the way, a companion resolution endorsing a public financing option for county supervisory, executive, and constitutional office elections is being brought before the Dane County Board. The county resolution mirrors the city of Madison’s proposal and asks that the city’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Clean Elections expand its study to include the development of a countywide campaign reform ordinance. You can e-mail Dane County board members at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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If you live in the Fox Valley region, remember to mark your calendar for Thursday, March 29. That’s when the Democracy Campaign and local partner organizations will be hosting a citizen forum on women, money and politics.

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This week is Sunshine Week. It’s only fitting that during this week dedicated to focusing attention on the importance of protecting the public’s right to know about the workings of their government, The Capital Times published a story exposing a Christmas gathering that Wisconsin’s top elected official went to considerable lengths to keep the public from learning about.

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Speaking of the need to shine more light in dark places, our latest Big Money Blog points out one more reason why the integrity of state government is under siege.