Donor Databases Updated

In this update: 1. Searchable databases updated with over 30,000 new records of donations 2. Countdown to Bob Fest 3. Diagnose the illness, get blamed for spreading the infection Donor Databases Updated

Email date: 9/8/10

In this update:
1. Searchable databases updated with over 30,000 new records of donations
2. Countdown to Bob Fest
3. Diagnose the illness, get blamed for spreading the infection

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Searchable databases updated with over 30,000 new records
Over the Labor Day weekend the Democracy Campaign added more than 28,500 records of individual donations to our searchable database of contributions to candidates for state office. We’ve also added over 1,800 records of campaign donations from special interest political action committees to our PAC database. The donations were made during the first half of the year.

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Countdown to Bob Fest
Saturday’s 9th Annual Fighting Bob Fest is just days away. The Democracy Campaign will have an informational booth in the exhibit hall, and WDC director Mike McCabe will be speaking on the grandstand stage in the morning and will be leading a mid-day discussion of what can be done to fight the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission allowing unlimited corporate spending on elections. You can see some of Mike’s past Bob Fest speeches here.

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Diagnose the illness, get blamed for spreading the infection
For years the Democracy Campaign has been monitoring campaign spending by interest groups intent on swaying the outcome of state elections. We’ve uncovered and chronicled more than $59 million worth of electioneering since 2000, much of it sponsored by fly-by-night groups that pop up for one or two election cycles and then disappear, replaced in the next election by another outfit with one of those everything-that-is-good-and-pure names.

Proving once again that no good deed goes unpunished, we’ve received a few irate phone calls and indignant e-mails from Milwaukee-area voters upset about campaign mailers in a local Assembly race there. The campaigning in question is being done by a new group called Citizens for a Progressive Wisconsin. Because it is operating under the radar and has no website, web searches for information about the group are only turning up links to two pages (here and here) on our website describing the campaigning and providing information on who is behind it. Some have mistakenly concluded that WDC produced and sent the mailings and have vented their anger in our direction.