Black Markets and Laundries

In this update: 1. WDC urges enforcement of disclosure rule in special election 2. How political black markets and campaign laundries work 3. New John Doe investigation targeting GOP front groups? Black Markets and Laundries

Email date: 11/7/13

In this update:
1. WDC urges enforcement of disclosure rule in special election
2. How political black markets and campaign laundries work
3. New John Doe investigation targeting GOP front groups?

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WDC urges enforcement of disclosure rule in special election
The Democracy Campaign is calling on the state Government Accountability Board to enforce a three-year-old campaign finance disclosure rule in the case of political advertising being aired by a group fronting for the Wisconsin Realtors Association aiming to influence the outcome of the November 19 special election for a Milwaukee-area Assembly seat.

For more on WDC’s action, check out our podcast. To read our letter to the GAB, go here. To listen to the ad and learn more about the group sponsoring it, go here.

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How political black markets and campaign laundries work
Speaking of front groups and their shadowy politicking, NPR is doing an outstanding series of reports on how a tangled web of political committees, nonprofit social welfare groups and other tax-exempt outfits are moving money around to enable massive amounts to be spent to influence American elections while keeping it out of public view. One installment in the series focuses on a pioneer in these shell games that end up producing the political equivalent of drive-by shootings paid for by anonymous donors.

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New John Doe investigation targeting GOP front groups?
One secret John Doe investigation into political wrongdoing in Wisconsin has ended after producing a number of criminal indictments and convictions. But another is still ongoing. That much is known for sure. The focus of the probe is a matter of considerable speculation. Some media outlets are reporting that prosecutors are zeroing in on a big part of Wisconsin’s own tangled web of political front groups.