Email date: 12/30/13
Before the celebrating begins and we welcome 2014, there is still time to make a charitable gift to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and get a tax deduction for this year. Donations to the Democracy Campaign are fully tax deductible and if they are made before midnight on New Year’s Eve, they can help reduce your tax bill for this year.
We said in our annual report that our goal is to make the power of the people stronger than the people in power. And we just saw how this can work. Back in June, on a bipartisan vote, the state Assembly passed legislation doubling Wisconsin’s current limits on political donations. One week before Christmas, a Senate committee held a public hearing on the “More Money in Politics” bill and all indications behind the scenes pointed to prompt bipartisan action to pass the legislation and put it on the governor’s desk for his signature.
We spoke out against the proposal at the December 18 hearing. And we kept on speaking out against it in the days that followed. Last Friday, the Senate majority leader announced the Senate will not vote on the bill, saying “there’s not an appetite” for doubling the limits on campaign contributions.
There is unquestionably an appetite among politicians for bigger donations, as evidenced by the Assembly vote. But there is equally unquestionable opposition to more money in politics by the people of Wisconsin. In the instance of Assembly Bill 225, at least for the time being, the power of the people is proving stronger than the people in power.
We can’t rest. We won’t be able to breathe easy on this and many other issues until the legislature officially adjourns its session several months from now.
In his day, Fighting Bob La Follette warned of the “money power.” In our day, that same power is pushing hard for legislation like Assembly Bill 225. You can help us stay strong and keep speaking out forcefully against AB 225 and other such empower-the-powerful schemes by making a tax-deductible gift to the Democracy Campaign before the year’s end.