There's More Than Iron In Them Thar Hills

In this update: 1. Special interests dig deep to sway lawmakers on mining deregulation 2. WISC-TV editorial: "Keeping democracy’s light lit" There’s More Than Iron In Them Thar Hills

Email date: 1/28/13

In this update:
1. Special interests dig deep to sway lawmakers on mining deregulation
2. WISC-TV editorial: “Keeping democracy’s light lit”

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Special interests dig deep to sway lawmakers on mining deregulation
A broad coalition of business interests say they are anxious to see iron ore mining in northern Wisconsin’s Penokee Hills, despite an increasingly weak global market for the mineral. Regardless of the feasibility or wisdom of renewed mining, state lawmakers who will decide the fate of proposed legislation deregulating the industry have struck a deep vein that is gushing campaign contributions.

A new Democracy Campaign analysis shows that pro-mining interests have given the governor and key state legislators nearly $16 million in campaign donations just since 2010 when the push for mining legislation started. Groups lobbying for mining deregulation have given lawmakers 610 times as much money as mining opponents have.

For additional insights on our findings, check out our podcast.

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WISC-TV editorial: “Keeping democracy’s light lit”
In an editorial broadcast last week, CBS affiliate WISC-TV addressed the Democracy Campaign’s recent loss of funding and told viewers our work deserves support. WISC’s editorial director Neil Heinen said: “The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is one of this state’s most important watchdogs for open and honest government.... We sure hope somebody steps up to keep this valuable public service viable. We need it...now more than ever.”

If you agree, please be one of the somebodies who steps up. If you’ve already done so, then please forward this message along to others and urge them to join you.