Hiding Democracy's Dismantling

In this update: 1. Second anti-disclosure bill gets hearing, will get another on Thursday 2. Lawmakers ordered to remain mum and ignore public input on redistricting Hiding Democracy’s Dismantling

Email date: 2/7/12

In this update:
1. Second anti-disclosure bill gets hearing, will get another on Thursday
2. Lawmakers ordered to remain mum and ignore public input on redistricting

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Second anti-disclosure bill gets hearing, will get another on Thursday
Comedian Stephen Colbert says the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case hasn’t led to billionaires secretly buying democracy, it’s led to billionaires publicly buying it. Wisconsin legislators must be afraid word is getting out, because they are going to great lengths to get rid of any disclosure of election finances.

An Assembly committee took public testimony yesterday on a bill that would roll back rules requiring limited disclosure of corporate election spending in Wisconsin elections and prohibit the agency responsible for enforcing campaign finance laws from writing rules on the subject in the future. The public affairs television network WisconsinEye was there to cover the hearing. The Democracy Campaign’s director testified in opposition to the legislation and his testimony begins at the 1 hour 13 minute mark of the video.

On Thursday, a Senate committee will hold a hearing on an identical version of the legislation that has been introduced in the upper house.

As noted in our last E-Lert, this is the second anti-disclosure measure that is on the move in the Wisconsin Legislature. A bill approved recently by a Senate committee drastically curtails the disclosure of the financial interests of campaign donors.

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Lawmakers ordered to remain mum and ignore public input on redistricting
When Republican leaders and the pricey private attorneys assisting them were developing plans to redraw legislative districts to enhance GOP control in the state, other Republican lawmakers were made to pledge secrecy and were told to ignore public comments, according to an internal strategy memo and other previously secret documents that have been made public.

Republican legislators even signed legal agreements binding them to silence about the development of the gerrymandered maps.