Favor-Buying at the Capitol

In this update: 1. Child support bill an ugly symbol of coin-operated Capitol 2. Millionaires club 3. ‘Citizen Koch’ documentary heading to theaters Favor-Buying at the Capitol

Email date: 1/15/14

In this update:
1. Child support bill an ugly symbol of coin-operated Capitol
2. Millionaires club
3. ‘Citizen Koch’ documentary heading to theaters

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Child support bill an ugly symbol of coin-operated Capitol
After obtaining bill-drafting records and using the Democracy Campaign’s online donor database to find evidence of tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, the Wisconsin State Journal exposed over the weekend how a state lawmaker granted a wealthy divorced developer a special degree of influence over the drafting of legislation that would reduce child support payments made by high-income parents, and how the businessman is a major donor to the bill’s author, Oconomowoc Republican Joel Kleefisch, and other top GOP officials.

Yesterday Kleefisch announced he is withdrawing the proposed bill, which was at least his second attempt to fashion legislation to help his donor.

The Democracy Campaign’s director blogged yesterday about what this incident has in common with the way so many issues are handled at the Capitol these days.

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Millionaires club
For the first time ever, most members of Congress are millionaires. That explains a lot.

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‘Citizen Koch’ documentary heading to theaters
The documentary film “Citizen Koch” has secured a distributor that will bring the movie to theaters throughout North America this spring. The film originally was to be aired on public television, but PBS pulled out in an apparent attempt to placate billionaire David Koch, who was a major benefactor and board member of the PBS station in New York.

WDC’s director was interviewed extensively for the project and appears in the film.