Let the People Decide

In this update: 1. TAKE ACTION: Sign petition calling for vote on Citizens United 2. Most of Walker’s year-end donations come from out of state 3. Assembly speaker shakes down lobbyists 4. Big money interests coming to Roggensack’s rescue
Let the People Decide

Email date: 2/11/13

In this update:
1. TAKE ACTION: Sign petition calling for vote on Citizens United
2. Most of Walker’s year-end donations come from out of state
3. Assembly speaker shakes down lobbyists
4. Big money interests coming to Roggensack’s rescue

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TAKE ACTION: Sign petition calling for vote on Citizens United
The Democracy Campaign is part of a coalition of groups calling for a statewide vote on the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous decision in the Citizens United case that cleared the way for unlimited election spending. We’ve launched an online petition to demonstrate public support for a referendum giving the people a chance to have their voices heard on the subject. Please take a minute to sign on and add your voice to ours.

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Most of Walker’s year-end donations come from out of state
Among the nuggets gleaned from the most recent batch of campaign finance reports.... More than 80% of Governor Scott Walker’s individual contributors in the last half of 2012 live outside Wisconsin.

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Assembly speaker shakes down lobbyists
It used to be considered bad form in Wisconsin for state lawmakers to take money from lobbyists who are trying to influence their decisions. Now it’s obligatory for the lobbyists to pony up.

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Big money interests coming to Roggensack’s rescue
Judging from signals being sent by a couple of major interest groups, state Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack must be seen as vulnerable in her bid for reelection to the state’s highest court. First a political committee representing school privatization advocates that is funded mostly by out-of-state billionaires made a five-figure donation to Roggensack’s campaign. Then the right-wing Club for Growth made a six-figure purchase of television air time to support Roggensack.

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A recent letter to the editor that appeared in several central Wisconsin newspapers urges readers to help keep the Democracy Campaign going strong. Please follow the writers’ lead and "spread this message far and wide" and and also join them in “donating what you can to save this vital organization.”