Calling for a Cure

In this update: 1. WDC, 17 other groups call for action on election spending reform 2. Recall 2012 feature on wisdc.org updated with latest reported activity 3. New developments in Walker probe Calling for a Cure

Email date: 6/1/12

In this update:
1. WDC, 17 other groups call for action on election spending reform
2. Recall 2012 feature on wisdc.org updated with latest reported activity
3. New developments in Walker probe

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WDC, 17 other groups call for action on election spending reform
A coalition of Wisconsin citizen organizations including the Democracy Campaign held a press conference at the Capitol yesterday to make out-of-control election spending a campaign issue and call on Governor Scott Walker and his election opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, to promise action to rein in outside spending, close contribution limit loopholes and enhance transparency in election financing.

Wisconsin Radio Network was there to cover the news conference, and state public affairs television network WisconsinEye is telecasting and webcasting the event in its entirety.

The issues we raised became part of last night’s final debate before next Tuesday’s election as Walker and Barrett were asked about the role of out-of-state money in the race. Debate moderator Mike Gousha pressed the candidates on whether they would commit to calling a special session on campaign reform. Their answers? Basically they said they’re not ready to go there, but thanks for asking.

So the fight goes on.

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Recall 2012 feature on wisdc.org updated with latest reported activity
Yesterday we updated the Recall 2012 feature on our website with the most recent fundraising and spending figures reported by candidates in the recall elections as well as new information about the interest groups that are sponsoring their own advertising in the races. We also updated our PAC database showing the latest political action committee contributions to recall candidates.

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New developments in Walker probe
A 13th person has been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for testimony in the secret investigation that already has led to criminal charges against six former aides or close associates of Governor Walker, according to an Associated Press report yesterday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also reported on a newly released record that casts doubt on Walker’s claims that he has cooperated all along with the criminal probe.