Walker Gets Mining Money

In this update: 1. Out-of-state mining execs say “pleased to meet you” to Walker 2. Voters may get chance to weigh in on election spending 3. La Crosse opens up local redistricting process 4. A campaign finance system no one can love 5. America’s magic mirror Walker Gets Mining Money

Email date: 12/15/10

In this update:
1. Out-of-state mining execs say “pleased to meet you” to Walker
2. Voters may get chance to weigh in on election spending
3. La Crosse opens up local redistricting process
4. A campaign finance system no one can love
5. America’s magic mirror

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Out-of-state mining execs say “pleased to meet you” to Walker
About a month ago the Democracy Campaign’s research director posted an item on our blog pointing out that some out-of-state mining company executives with hopes of developing an open pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin made their first-ever campaign contributions in Wisconsin this fall.

As we’ve continued digging into campaign finance reports, we found they also made sizeable donations to Governor-elect Scott Walker. For more on this, check out the report we issued this morning. For audio commentary on our findings, go here to listen to our podcast.

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Voters may get chance to weigh in on election spending
May this happen in communities all across the land.

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La Crosse opens up local redistricting process
It still remains to be seen if the full Legislature will meet this week to act on state employee contracts. Personal and political agendas may be getting in the way. In any case, it is pretty clear lawmakers have no intention of acting on issues like campaign finance disclosure and legislative redistricting, as we called for in a recent E-Lert.

Not that they will, but state legislators should take note of what’s being done in La Crosse to open up the redistricting process. County officials are voluntarily giving up their monopoly on control over the map drawing and bringing in a representative of the local League of Women Voters as well as three other citizen members including highly-respected UW La Crosse professor Joe Heim to work with them on drawing new district lines.

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A campaign finance system no one can love
Bill Kraus says there’s a campaign finance scheme no politician in either party could possibly vote for. It’s called the current system.

Indeed, even some of the people holding the strongest hand in this poker game aren’t sure it’s wise to continue playing by the current rules.

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America’s magic mirror
Take a look for yourself right here.