The People vs. The Politicians

In this update: 1. Public, politicians at odds on need for democracy reform 2. Tell legislators it’s time for a statewide vote on Citizens United 3. Donor databases updated The People vs. The Politicians

Email date: 2/14/13

In this update:
1. Public, politicians at odds on need for democracy reform
2. Tell legislators it’s time for a statewide vote on Citizens United
3. Donor databases updated

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Public, politicians at odds on need for democracy reform
A Democracy Campaign analysis of the voting records of state lawmakers on campaign finance, ethics and good government reform measures over the last decade shows that legislators who currently control the Assembly and Senate do not see eye to eye with the vast majority of the people when it comes to the condition of our democracy.

For more on our findings, check out our podcast.

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Tell legislators it’s time for a statewide vote on Citizens United
It’s obvious there is a disconnect between most citizens and the elected officials who are supposed to be representing them on the topic of money in politics. Please take a minute to tell the Legislature to give all Wisconsin voters a chance to have their say on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that cleared the way for unlimited election spending.

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Donor databases updated
This week we added large numbers of new records of campaign donations to our searchable database of individual contributions as well as our PAC database. We also added new information about the money flowing in the upcoming spring elections to our website’s Campaign 2013 feature. If being able to follow the money by using these online tools is valuable to you, please help us keep providing these services.