Email date: 4/16/14
In this update:
1. Great speaker, big ideas on tap for May 2 WDC membership meeting
2. Assessing the damage of latest bomb dropped on American democracy
Great speaker, big ideas on tap for May 2 WDC membership meeting
Whether or not you have ever attended on our annual meetings in the past, you are not going to want to miss this year’s. Author-activist Lawrence Lessig will be the featured attraction at our annual membership meeting on May 2 in Madison. If you have never heard Lessig speak before, trust us, you are in for a treat. His talks are full of provocative ideas and they are always delivered in a most compelling fashion.
We hope you can join us.
Assessing the damage of latest bomb dropped on American democracy
In the weeks following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC striking down a key federal limit on political donations, the Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe has been doing one media interview after another another – with everyone from Wisconsin Public Television to USA Today – talking about the decision’s impact both here in Wisconsin and across the country. While Mike has been doing his best to raise awareness of the implications of McCutcheon, he can’t compete with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.
The Supreme Court struck down something called the federal aggregate limit on campaign contributions. Wisconsin has an aggregate annual limits on contributions to state and local campaigns, and many observers now expect that limit to fall as well in the wake of the McCutcheon ruling. The Democracy Campaign is working on an analysis showing what the effects of losing the state aggregate limit would be. It should be complete by next week.
There is still much that is unknown about what the Supreme Court’s latest decision dealing with money in politics will do to democracy in Wisconsin and throughout the nation. But one thing is clear: Most Americans disagree with the five-member court majority.