Auction 2010

In this update: 1. Legislative candidates raised record $1.9M in July and August 2. Why there’s a contract out on the Internet’s life 3. Big donor is subject of criminal investigation 4. Drawing a better Wisconsin Auction 2010

Email date: 9/28/10

In this update:
1. Legislative candidates raised record $1.9M in July and August
2. Why there’s a contract out on the Internet’s life
3. Big donor is subject of criminal investigation
4. Drawing a better Wisconsin

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Legislative candidates raised record $1.9M in July and August
So much for the theory that the sad state of the economy would put a damper on political fundraising. The Democracy Campaign’s latest Auction 2010 report shows that state legislative candidates raised nearly $2 million in the two-month preprimary reporting period. That’s not only more than has ever been raised by Senate and Assembly hopefuls during that timespan, but it’s also no small accomplishment considering legislative candidates are competing for money with participants in an insanely expensive race for governor that reached the $20 million mark by the September 14 primary as well as pricey races for seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

For audio commentary on our findings, check out our podcast.

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Why there’s a contract out on the Internet’s life
The Web has a target on its back, with opponents undertaking an Orwellian reframing exercise aimed at convincing the public that a free and open Internet, also known as Net Neutrality, amounts to a “government takeover” of the Internet. The question is what’s their problem with freeflowing information on a freewheeling Internet? Our latest Big Money Blog provides some answers.

To take action to protect Internet freedom, go here.

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Big donor is subject of criminal investigation
Back in April the Democracy Campaign flagged a railroad executive for making what appeared to be illegal campaign donations. Now it looks like he is the target of a criminal investigation. For more on this, go here.

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Drawing a better Wisconsin
In a guest commentary published Sunday in the Sheboygan Press and soon appearing in other state newspapers, the Democracy Campaign’s director makes the point that this fall’s elections not only will determine who inhabits state and federal offices starting in 2011 but also who sits in them for the next 10 years. Which is why the Democracy Campaign is mounting a new effort to make the process of redrawing legislative and congressional districts more accountable to the public.