What's Backing Fracking

In this update: 1. Campaign giving surges as sand mining explodes in Wisconsin 2. The force behind ‘rent-to-own’ deregulation
What’s Backing Fracking

Email date: 5/21/13

In this update:
1. Campaign giving surges as sand mining explodes in Wisconsin
2. The force behind ‘rent-to-own’ deregulation

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Campaign giving surges as sand mining explodes in Wisconsin
With the Legislature's budget-writing committee poised to act on the staffing needs of the state Department of Natural Resources to oversee the mushrooming frack sand mining industry, the Democracy Campaign issued a report this morning showing a 2,100% increase in campaign donations for Wisconsin elections in the last six years from sand mining interests. For more on our findings, listen to our podcast.

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The force behind ‘rent-to-own’ deregulation
Why does Governor Scott Walker want to exempt so-called “rent-to-own” stores from consumer protection laws? The governor is not saying. But the chief of staff to one of the few Republican lawmakers opposed to this deregulation told a reporter for The Capital Times that it was done “entirely as a favor to Ashley Furniture, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of low-cost furniture that supplies many of the products in rent-to-own outlets.”

For the rest of the story, you might want to follow the money.