More Problems Found in State's Campaign Finance Recordkeeping

In this update: 1. Campaign finance reports on new Web-based system riddled with errors 2. Impartial justice events being held across the state More Problems Found in State's Campaign Finance Recordkeeping 

Email date: 3/4/09

In this update:
1. Campaign finance reports on new Web-based system riddled with errors
2. Impartial justice events being held across the state

Data on the state’s new electronic reporting system for campaign finances can’t be trusted, a report issued today by the Democracy Campaign shows.

A WDC review of about four dozen campaign finance reports posted on the system, including ones filed by Governor Jim Doyle and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, found that nearly all of them contained incorrect information.

Today’s findings come about a month after the Democracy Campaign found major glitches in reports filed in the new system by two political party committees and two Assembly candidates.

Two weeks ago, a top staffer for the Government Accountability Board told the Assembly Elections and Campaign Finance Committee that the system "really does work" and is "second to none" in the country. If there is even the smallest grain of truth in those statements, then campaign finance disclosure in other states is in a horribly sorry state.

Our latest Big Money Blog explores another dimension of the problem with Wisconsin’s new online reporting system and suggests one thing that can be done to protect the public from further harm.

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