Before and After Citizens United

In this update: 1. Spending in Wisconsin elections triples after Citizens United ruling 2. Selling real estate and buying justice Before and After Citizens United

Email date: 3/11/13

In this update:
1. Spending in Wisconsin elections triples after Citizens United ruling
2. Selling real estate and buying justice

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Spending in Wisconsin elections triples after Citizens United ruling
Comparing total spending in state and federal races in Wisconsin in the two election cycles before the Supreme Court’s decision allowing unlimited special interest election spending to the two election cycles after the ruling, a new Democracy Campaign analysis shows overall spending has tripled and spending by interest groups has more than quadrupled. A podcast with more reflections on our findings also was posted on wisdc.org this morning.

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Selling real estate and buying justice
After teaming up with the state’s largest business lobbying group to write new judicial ethics rules freeing judges to rule on cases involving their biggest campaign supporters, the Wisconsin Realtors Association is now jumping in this spring’s state Supreme Court election with both feet. On our Big Money Blog, the Democracy Campaign’s research director spells it all out.

With the latest high court auction unfolding before our eyes, columnist John Nichols wrote over the weekend that Supreme Court election reform needs to be resuscitated. He suggests taking a small donor empowerment plan the Democracy Campaign developed for all state offices and at least putting it in place for judicial elections. Good idea.