WDC Database Updated and Expanded

In this update: 1. More money to follow 2. Checks and balances? Who needs stinkin’ checks and balances? WDC Database Updated and Expanded

Email date: 5/15/13

In this update:
1. More money to follow
2. Checks and balances? Who needs stinkin’ checks and balances?

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More money to follow
Nearly 28,000 new records of political donations were added today to the Democracy Campaign’s searchable online database of campaign contributions. The database now contains more than 900,000 records of contributions to candidates for state office.

This tool – the only one of its kind in Wisconsin – enables any visitor to our website to follow the money in state politics free of charge. But, of course, providing this service costs money. Processing the records of donations that were added to the database today involved close to 500 hours of staff work. Please consider a gift to the Democracy Campaign today to help us carry on the tedious work that goes into maintaining this invaluable tool.

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Checks and balances? Who needs stinkin’ checks and balances?
Yesterday the state Assembly passed legislation that messes with the checks and balances between the branches of government that are central to our political system. The bill tries to limit the ability of the judicial branch to declare laws enacted by the other two branches unconstitutional, an attempt that may itself be unconstitutional.

The Democracy Campaign opposes the legislation. An attorney with New York University Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice and the director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin explained what’s at stake in a commentary published this week by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.