Cutting Through The Recall Money Fog

In this update: 1. Media reports paint vastly different pictures of recall money race 2. Wealthy donors belly up to the buffet Cutting Through The Recall Money Fog

Email date: 5/23/12

In this update:
1. Media reports paint vastly different pictures of recall money race
2. Wealthy donors belly up to the buffet

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Media reports paint vastly different pictures of recall money race
One newspaper chain in Wisconsin reported that Republicans are outspending Democrats by a 4-to-1 margin on television advertising in this year’s recall elections. Another told its readers the two parties have almost exactly the same amount of money to spend. What gives? Actually it’s more a matter of who gives, and whether those donations are reported to state election authorities. Our latest Big Money Blog tries to unravel the seeming contradictions in these media reports.

The Democracy Campaign continues to follow the money in the recall elections and has made several updates in recent days to the Recall 2012 feature on our website.

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Wealthy donors belly up to the buffet
Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe was invited to join Joy Cardin on her public affairs show on Wisconsin Public Radio yesterday to talk about the money in this year’s recall elections, but ended up talking mostly about WDC’s “Special Interest Smorgasbord” report shining light on hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tax writeoffs, pork barrel spending and other perks showered on campaign donors who gave close to $24 million to the governor and state legislators. If you weren’t able to tune in, the program is archived on WPR’s website.

The cover story in today’s print edition of The Capital Times focuses on one of the 55 giveaways WDC’s analysis identified.