Email date: 9/5/13
In this update:
1. Coalition urges senators to reject ‘More Money in Politics’ bill
2. Over 14,000 new records added to WDC’s donor database
3. Walker’s casino stance favors tribes that give most to GOP
4. Bob turns 12
5. “A remarkable advocacy campaign is happening”
6. Democracy Campaign director to be honored at Oct. 1 event
Coalition urges senators to reject ‘More Money in Politics’ bill
This morning the Democracy Campaign and 14 other groups sent a letter to senators urging them to reject Assembly Bill 225, which doubles Wisconsin’s limits on campaign contributions.
The people think there’s too much money in elections. The politicians think there’s not enough, and our state Assembly voted in June to allow campaign donations twice the size of those currently permitted under state law.
Instead of passing the ‘More Money in Politics’ bill, the legislature should turn its attention to Assembly Joint Resolution 50, which authorizes a statewide vote giving the people of Wisconsin an opportunity to have a say on the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous 2010 decision in the Citizens United case that opened the door to unlimited election spending by special interest groups.
You can add your voice to ours by contacting your senator to urge opposition to AB 225 and support for AJR 50.
Over 14,000 new records added to WDC’s donor database
Tuesday night we updated our searchable online database, adding more than 14,000 new records of political donations found in campaign finance reports covering fundraising activity through the end of June. This is the latest manifestation of the work of the WDC staffer whose efforts were highlighted in our last E-Lert.
Walker’s casino stance favors tribes that give most to GOP
The latest addition to our Big Money Blog focuses on the controversy over a proposed tribal casino in Kenosha and how the governor’s position on the issue serves the interests of two competing tribes that happen to be generous donors to groups working to elect Republicans.
Also in the news is a controversial state grant that is loaded with red flags . . . cronyism, fraud and even a Koch brothers connection. The state’s largest newspaper is calling for the grant to be rescinded.
Bob turns 12
“A remarkable advocacy campaign is happening”
That’s how the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s story about the effort to get public hearings on redistricting reform begins. How the story ends is up to all of us. If you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes to contact your legislators and urge them to push for public hearings on Assembly Bill 185 and Senate Bill 163.
Democracy Campaign director to be honored at Oct. 1 event
WDC’s Mike McCabe is one of three activists who will receive leadership awards from Community Shares of Wisconsin on October 1. Those wanting to join in on the celebration can register to attend the event online.