Supreme Court Spending Falls Short of Record

In this update: 1. $5.4 million spent on Supreme Court election 2. Busted railroad exec’s company gets big state subsidies 3. The chosen many 4. Reflections on Walker's first 100 days Supreme Court Spending Falls Short of Record

Email date: 4/19/11

In this update:
1. $5.4 million spent on Supreme Court election
2. Busted railroad exec’s company gets big state subsidies
3. The chosen many
4. Reflections on Walker's first 100 days

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$5.4 million spent on Supreme Court election
This year's race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court was the third most expensive in state history with overall spending reaching $5.4 million, a report issued today by the Democracy Campaign shows. For audio commentary on our findings, go here.

Interest groups backing incumbent Justice David Prosser outspent groups supporting challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg by 50%. Most of the $4.5 million spent by special interest groups on the race came from anonymous sources. While Wisconsin continues to allow voters to be kept in the dark about who is sponsoring the majority of election ads, Maryland is taking the bull by the horns on disclosure.

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Busted railroad exec’s company gets big state subsidies
Criminal charges filed against Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. president and chief executive officer William Gardner for illegal campaign contributions were all over the news statewide last week. Then there is, as Paul Harvey famously said, the rest of the story.

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The chosen many
Being a moderate Republican makes Bill Kraus darn near an endangered species. But it doesn’t stop him from hitting the nail on the head on the subject of redistricting.

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Reflections on Walker’s first 100 days
A La Crosse TV station asked the Democracy Campaign’s director for his take on Governor Scott Walker’s first 100 days in office. A number of other news organizations weighed in too. Go here, here and here to see those observations.