Groups Speak with One Voice on Reform

In this update: 1. 10 groups issue common call for reform 2. Jensen case: Six years and counting 3. Eau Claire-area trio take lead on reform legislation Groups Speak with One Voice on Reform 

Email date: 1/27/09

In this update:
1. 10 groups issue common call for reform
2. Jensen case: Six years and counting
3. Eau Claire-area trio take lead on reform legislation

The Democracy Campaign and nine other groups today sent a letter to state legislators and the governor calling for action on campaign finance reforms. The organizations are among close to two dozen that have been meeting periodically to explore common interests and opportunities for collaboration on democracy reform issues.

To read the letter, go here.

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A front-page article in Sunday’s Wisconsin State Journal updated readers on the status of criminal charges against former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen. The Democracy Campaign blogged on the topic back in December. But we started raising concerns about all the delays in the court cases involving Jensen and other top legislative leaders back in early 2005, and posted a reminder on our Big Money Blog in July 2007.

And still justice waits. . . .

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In recent days leaders in both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature announced plans to take action on campaign reform early in the 2009-2010 session. There are a good many rank-and-file legislators who are behind the push for reform, none more integral to the effort than three lawmakers from the Eau Claire area, as the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported last Friday.

The newspaper followed up with a supportive editorial published Sunday.