Feds Up Ante on Casino Investigation

In this update: 1. FBI doubles down on probe of state favors to casino developer 2. Ryan dumps Troha money . . . why hasn’t Doyle? 3. Women and politics forum set for March 29 in Oshkosh Feds Up Ante on Casino Investigation

Email date: 3/7/07

In this update:
1. FBI doubles down on probe of state favors to casino developer
2. Ryan dumps Troha money . . . why hasn’t Doyle?
3. Women and politics forum set for March 29 in Oshkosh

The Dennis Troha story is getting curiouser and curiouser and curiouser and curiouser.

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When Troha was indicted, Congressman Paul Ryan at first defended the sizable donations he had received from the casino developer. Ryan laughably tried to argue his Troha money was different than Governor Jim Doyle’s because the contributions he got were received at fundraising events, not through the mail or by other means.

Ryan evidently figured out just how lame that distinction was, and yesterday announced he is getting rid of the Troha donations.

Now the question is how long it will take Doyle to follow suit. And how long will it take the governor and state legislators to decide it’s time to convene another special legislative session to enact the strongest possible campaign finance reforms that will get at the root cause of this scandal?

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If you’re in the Fox Valley, mark your calendar for Thursday, March 29. That’s when the Democracy Campaign and a half dozen partner organizations will be sponsoring a women and politics forum on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus.

Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will be there. So will former Republican state legislator Terri McCormick, among others. We hope you will join us.