Email date: 10/13/08
In this update:
1. Another probe launched targeting newest Supreme Court justice
2. Campaigning for high court will change, legal experts say
3.Oshkosh newspaper says time has come for disclosure of ’issue ads’
First the state Judicial Commission investigated newly elected state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman over an untruthful ad and filed a complaint alleging judicial misconduct. Now the state Office of Lawyer Regulation is investigating campaign fundraising phone calls Gableman made from a government office.
Court watchers are already saying Gableman’s woes will change how future Supreme Court races are conducted. Believe it when you see it. Stuffing this genie back in the bottle will not be easy.
The newfound trouble with judicial elections in Wisconsin runs deep. In reporting the allegations of judicial misconduct, Milwaukee Public Radio also explored what’s gone haywire in campaigns for the high court and last week aired a 5-minute interview on the subject with the Democracy Campaign’s director. You can listen to it here.
As we reported in an October 6 E-Lert, the state Government Accountability Board has signaled its willingness to take on the task of writing new rules closing the phony issue ad loophole that special interest groups are exploiting to operate outside state laws requiring disclosure of electioneering and limiting campaign contributions. The Oshkosh Northwestern gave props