Walker's Whales

In this update: 1. Tiny group of megadonors make huge splash in first half of 2013 2. The next Citizens United 3. Benefit concert for WDC set for Oct. 11 in Mount Horeb Walker’s Whales

Email date: 9/19/13

In this update:
1. Tiny group of megadonors make huge splash in first half of 2013
2. The next Citizens United
3. Benefit concert for WDC set for Oct. 11 in Mount Horeb

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Tiny group of megadonors make huge splash in first half of 2013
An elite corps of several dozen donors gave nearly $1 million to Wisconsin politicians in the first six months of the year, a new Democracy Campaign report shows. Of the $978,037 these wealthy few have contributed so far this year, $831,573 went to Governor Scott Walker.

Based on what the campaign finance reports say, 14 donors appear to have already exceeded Wisconsin’s $10,000 annual limit on contributions. The Democracy Campaign is asking the state Government Accountability Board to investigate these apparent violations.

For more on our findings, give our podcast a listen and read the full report, “Walker’s Whales.”

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The next Citizens United
The U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous decision in the Citizens United case opened the door to unlimited special interest group spending in American elections. A new case on which the high court will hear oral arguments on October 8 could significantly loosen federal limits on contributions made directly to candidates.

The national group Demos published an excellent policy brief on this case and the national Center for Responsive Politics analyzed how a ruling striking down overall contribution limits for individual donors that have been in place at the federal level for 40 years would affect the political system.

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Benefit concert for WDC set for Oct. 11 in Mount Horeb
A benefit concert has been planned for October 11 in Mount Horeb, with proceeds going to the Democracy Campaign. If you are in the area, we hope you can make it.

For those living in the Fox Valley, the following day there will be a forum on money in politics in Appleton, with Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe giving the keynote presentation.