Who's Who Among 2011 Election Campaigners

In this update: 1. Keeping track of spring election campaigning 2. Citizen vigil to resume in April 3. Traffic to wisdc.org remains heavy 4. A few bucks for democracy Who’s Who Among 2011 Election Campaigners

Email date: 3/25/11

In this update:
1. Keeping track of spring election campaigning
2. Citizen vigil to resume in April
3. Traffic to wisdc.org remains heavy
4. A few bucks for democracy

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Keeping track of spring election campaigning
The Democracy Campaign is making daily updates to a special section of our website devoted to campaign activity by candidates and interest groups alike involved in the upcoming April 5 elections as well as possible recall elections. You can be a big help to us by using our Hijack Hotline to report on any campaign advertising you are seeing and hearing or election-related mail you are receiving.

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Citizen vigil to resume in April
Our citizen vigil will be starting up again when the Legislature returns from a month-long break for a two-week floor period starting April 5. Go here to see a calendar of vigil days. We could use more volunteers on any of the days, but especially need them on the morning of Tuesday, April 5 and on Tuesday, April 12. You can sign up to participate here.

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Traffic to wisdc.org remains heavy
Since the beginning of the year, there have been just over 10 million hits to our website. More than 8.9 million of those hits have come in the last six weeks. In the recent past, traffic on wisdc.org has ranged from about 3 million hits for an entire odd-numbered year to roughly 5 million in an even-numbered election year.

What people think they see when they visit our site can vary quite a bit depending on their own political leanings. It’s a sign of our times, as WDC’s director observed in our latest Big Money Blog.

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A few bucks for democracy
It’s income tax filing time. With Governor Scott Walker proposing to eliminate a key funding source for the public financing program for state Supreme Court elections, it is more important than ever to check "Yes" on your state income tax form to support funds like the one created by the Impartial Justice Act allowing candidates to run for the Supreme Court without depending on money from wealthy special interests seeking to influence legal decisions. Checking this box does not increase your tax bill; it merely designates $3 of the taxes you owe to these funds. Two of the three dollars goes to the Democracy Trust Fund for Supreme Court elections and the other dollar goes to the Wisconsin Election Campaign Fund for other state offices including governor and legislature.