Email date: 5/26/09
In this update:
1. Groups send pro-reform letter to committees on eve of hearing
2. Senate sticking out like sore thumb on budget-season fundraising
The Democracy Campaign and 12 other groups joined together to send a letter to the two state legislative committees that will be holding a joint public hearing tomorrow on two campaign finance reform measures - the Impartial Justice bill overhauling state Supreme Court elections and another WDC-backed bill requiring full disclosure of special interest electioneering.
If you cannot attend tomorrow’s hearing at either the Eau Claire or Madison location, follow the links to the committees here and send them a message making points along the lines of those made in today’s letter.
Back in February, the state Assembly approved a rule banning its members from soliciting or accepting campaign contributions while the state budget is under development. The Democracy Campaign applauded the move at the time, but also said the fundraising prohibition needs to be extended to the Senate and governor as well. Senate Democrats are providing the latest illustration of what we were talking about. Read about it in our most recent Big Money Blog.