Email date: 12/13/11
In this update:
1. Federal court knocks out state limit on special interest cash
2. ACLU challenges voter ID law
3. Eyes and ears needed
4. Dissing clean government
Federal court knocks out state limit on special interest cash
Yesterday a federal appeals court effectively ruled there is not enough special interest money in Wisconsin politics, striking down a longstanding state limit of $10,000 on donations to interest groups for political advertising. The decision promises to make a bad situation even worse.
ACLU challenges voter ID law
The ACLU today filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s new voter ID law. One of the plaintiffs the ACLU is representing is an 84-year-old Wausau-area woman who has lost her right to vote.
The voter ID law also is being challenged in state court by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.
Eyes and ears needed
With more recall elections looming on the horizon, the Democracy Campaign will once again be tracking interest group campaigning as best we can. We could use your help. Please use our Hijack Hotline to let us know of any election ads you see or hear. When you see TV ads, we want to know. When you hear a political ad on the radio, we’d appreciate a heads up. Same goes for printed material you receive in the mail, or robocalls that are left in your voice mailbox or on your answering machine.
Dissing clean government
Laws are only as good as the respect they are afforded and the rigor with which they are enforced. By these measures, Wisconsin’s laws aimed at maintaining clean and open government are in real trouble.