Ending Wealthfare

In this update: 1. WDC puts forward ‘Ending Wealthfare’ reform plan 2. New MapLight Wisconsin site getting attention 3. Newspapers editorialize against nonfiscal policy in budget bill 4. Obama mulling executive order enhancing donor disclosure 5. McCabe to speak at Fighting Bob Fest North Ending Wealthfare

Email date: 5/3/11

In this update:
1. WDC puts forward ‘Ending Wealthfare’ reform plan
2. New MapLight Wisconsin site getting attention
3. Newspapers editorialize against nonfiscal policy in budget bill
4. Obama mulling executive order enhancing donor disclosure
5. McCabe to speak at Fighting Bob Fest North

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WDC puts forward ‘Ending Wealthfare’ reform plan
The Democracy Campaign was joined today by nine other groups in proposing a new approach to election financing in Wisconsin that aims to stop the legal bribery that has resulted in the establishment of a “wealthfare” system benefiting major campaign donors. It does it primarily by seeking to supercharge the ability of candidates to raise large numbers of small donations both online and through more traditional means. The plan also calls for far greater disclosure of the money used for campaign advertising and more accountability for election spending.

To see the full proposal, go here.

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New MapLight Wisconsin site getting attention
The new online tool allowing citizens to more easily see the relationship between campaign donations and votes on key bills by state lawmakers was the subject of media coverage in The Capital Times as well as Public News Service and elsewhere. The site is the result of a partnership between the Democracy Campaign and the California-based group MapLight.

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Newspapers editorialize against nonfiscal policy in budget bill
The Appleton Post-Crescent and Wisconsin State Journal both recently published editorials criticizing the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee for leaving more than half of the nonbudgetary policy changes proposed by Governor Scott Walker in the state budget bill. One of the policy items left in the budget is a change to the Impartial Justice program that the Post-Crescent said amounts to “dismantling the structure for public financing of Supreme Court campaigns.” The Democracy Campaign has been speaking out against this proposal for two months.

Speaking of dubious policies, our latest Big Money Blog focuses on Wisconsin’s likely return to a policy of poll taxation.

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Obama mulling executive order enhancing donor disclosure
President Barack Obama is circulating a draft executive order that would require disclosure of contributions to electioneering groups by companies receving federal government contracts. Signing this executive order would be a huge step forward in the area of campaign finance disclosure and election spending accountability. To send a message to the president urging him to sign the order, go here.

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McCabe to speak at Fighting Bob Fest North
Fighting Bob Fest, the annual hoedown for hellraisers that will be gathering progressives for the 10th time on September 17 in Madison, has become so popular that it has spawned an offshoot to be held later this month in northern Wisconsin. Fighting Bob Fest North will be held at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls on Saturday, May 21. Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe will be one of the featured speakers.