Public's Right To Know Wins Out

In this update: 1. House committee drops amendment blocking online political ad disclosure 2. Thoughts on invisible threads and the failed welfare state 3. State races taking shape for fall elections Public’s Right To Know Wins Out

Email date: 6/21/12

In this update:
1. House committee drops amendment blocking online political ad disclosure
2. Thoughts on invisible threads and the failed welfare state
3. State races taking shape for fall elections

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House committee drops amendment blocking online political ad disclosure
The Democracy Campaign joined 19 other citizen groups in signing a letter to congressional committee and subcommittee chairs and ranking members earlier this week urging them to drop an amendment to an appropriations bill blocking a new Federal Communications Commission rule requiring broadcasters to post political ad buyers online.

Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee reversed its position and voted unanimously to remove the amendment and allow the FCC’s disclosure rule to stand.

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Reflections on invisible threads and the failed welfare state
A post last week on our Big Money Blog highlighted the failings of hundreds of millions of dollars in welfare payments the state is making every year in the name of economic development. Yesterday a commentary was posted marveling at how today’s politicians can’t seem to see common threads that could be used to sew back together our torn society.

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State races taking shape for fall elections
With recall elections finally in the rear view mirror, the attack ads and robocalls have ceased for the moment. But the political peace and quiet won’t last long. Candidates are lining up to run for seats in the state Legislature. With Herb Kohl’s retirement, there will be a spirited contest to replace him in the U.S. Senate. And Wisconsin will be an important battleground in the presidential race so voters here won’t get much of a breather before being bombarded with campaign messages again.