Stash-for-Stand Politics

In this update: 1. Road builders warm up to Walker after flip-flops 2. Elections fuel concerns over disclosure 3. How a warped view of free speech is ushering in plutocracy Stash-for-Stand Politics

Email date: 11/15/10

In this update:
1. Road builders warm up to Walker after flip-flops
2. Elections fuel concerns over disclosure
3. How a warped view of free speech is ushering in plutocracy

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Road builders warm up to Walker after flip-flops
The Democracy Campaign issued a report today showing that Governor-elect Scott Walker is the state’s leading recipient of campaign donations from the road building industry. Road builders gave Walker almost no campaign support when he ran for governor in 2006 and very little during almost a decade as a state legislator. But Walker has recently switched positions on some key transportation issues, and road builders have switched positions on Walker.

For a sampling of news reports and media commentary on the subject, go here and here. Check out our podcast for audio commentary on our findings.

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Elections fuel concerns over disclosure
One of our recent blogs has got people talking about all the secret sources of money that poured into the 2010 elections and has generated support for greater disclosure from across the political spectrum. To see what we mean, go here, here and here.

Another recent post on our Big Money Blog aimed to get people thinking about political innovation. Yet another was turned into a guest commentary appearing in newspapers across the state.

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How a warped view of free speech is ushering in plutocracy
The First Amendment was 185 years old before the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted it to mean that money equals speech and nearly 220 years old when the nation’s highest court put that dubious doctrine on steroids, giving corporations and other interest groups the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections. For more on WDC’s take on this, go here. The Democracy Campaign is not alone in thinking that it’s high time to take a hard look at what’s become of free speech in America. A commentary in the Christian Science Monitor takes the position that maybe it’s time to ban 30-second political TV ads altogether.