Where All That Recall Money Went

In this update: 1. Two-thirds of recall money spent outside Wisconsin 2. Big donor gets big contract 3. War on voting could get expensive 4. 5th Walker associate sentenced; 6th awaits trial 5. The GOP gerrymandate Where All That Recall Money Went

Email date: 12/11/12

In this update:
1. Two-thirds of recall money spent outside Wisconsin
2. Big donor gets big contract
3. War on voting could get expensive
4. 5th Walker associate sentenced; 6th awaits trial
5. The GOP gerrymandate

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Two-thirds of recall money spent outside Wisconsin
After examining 13,500 campaign expenses totaling almost $101 million for the 2011 and 2012 recall elections, the Democracy Campaign found that nearly $69 million was spent outside Wisconsin.

In our latest podcast, WDC's director discusses our findings.

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Big donor gets big contract
In the news over the weekend was a story of how $25,000 in donations from a businessman and his wife come in one day and a month later his company gets a $1 million state contract. The Democracy Campaign is cited as the source of the contribution information.

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War on voting could get expensive
Today's news includes a story about one of the costs of doing away with voter registration on Election Day. Despite the considerable expense of dumping same-day registration, the state's longstanding policy that has contributed mightily to Wisconsin being among the nation's leaders in voter turnout is at risk. So is the independence of the agency responsible for carrying out elections, overseeing lobbying and enforcing campaign finance and ethics laws. As noted in our last E-Lert, the new senate leader wants a partisan agency along the lines of what Wisconsin used to have.

One retired judge who served on both the old and new agencies has no doubt about which is better. Neither does a longtime Capitol reporter.

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5th Walker associate sentenced; 6th awaits trial
And the beat goes on with the John Doe investigation.

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The GOP gerrymandate
In today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reporter Craig Gilbert offers an exhaustive analysis of how partisan gerrymandering in the redistricting process has yielded a playing field in congressional and state legislative elections that is not remotely level.