Email date: 10/9/13
In this update:
1. 35 citizen groups say let the people speak
2. Does the Supreme Court know what it’s doing?
35 citizen groups say let the people speak
A coalition of close to three dozen groups rallied at the Capitol yesterday to call attention to a new case dealing with money in politics that the U.S. Supreme has taken up and to demand a statewide vote in Wisconsin on the subject. If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch the rally on YouTube (or on our site) and check out some of the newspaper and television coverage of the event.
While you are at it, contact your own legislators and let them know you support AJR 50 and want all of the people of Wisconsin to be given an opportunity to have their say on money in politics.
Does the Supreme Court know what it’s doing?
During yesterday’s oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, members of the U.S. Supreme Court made assumptions about the case that the national Center for Responsive Politics described as having a “tenuous connection to reality.” Based on comments made during the oral arguments, the court’s conservative majority seems inclined to overturn decades of legal precedence and strike down a key federal campaign contribution limit. Justice Antonin Scalia led the rhetorical charge, disputing the idea that large political donations can be corrupting, arguing they merely express “gratitude.”
Meanwhile, at the state level here at Wisconsin, lawmakers are pushing for bigger donations and less public disclosure of who’s giving the money. The Wisconsin State Journal editorialized this week against the anti-disclosure legislation.