Email date: 5/14/14
In this update:
1. Judicial ping pong leaves John Doe up in the air
2. Wisconsin drops enforcement of key political donation limit
3. One thing Illinois Democrats and Wisconsin Republicans have in common
Judicial ping pong leaves John Doe up in the air
Keeping up with the status of a multi-county John Doe probe into possible illegal election campaigning in Wisconsin is enough to give you whiplash. One moment the investigation is on. The next it’s off. Then on again. Two days later, off once more.
We’re with the state’s largest newspaper on this one. Enough with the dueling judges. Let the prosecutors do their job. If they find evidence of wrongdoing, charges should be filed. If they don’t, then close the case.
Wisconsin drops enforcement of key campaign contribution limit
State election authorities agreed late last week to stop enforcing Wisconsin’s annual $10,000 limit on total political donations by individuals, in light of last month’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a similar federal aggregate contribution limit. The Democracy Campaign has pointed out how the loss of the limit will lead to what amounts to “legalized money laundering” and give substantially greater influence over Wisconsin elections to a few hundred ultra-wealthy donors, most of whom live outside the state.
Considering the damage the Supreme Court’s judgments are doing to democracy and considering what a federal judge hellbent on stopping a political corruption investigation is willing to overlook, it’s no wonder that public confidence in the judiciary is in a freefall.
One thing Illinois Democrats and Wisconsin Republicans have in common
Republicans control state government in Wisconsin. South of the border, Democrats run things. As the Kenosha News recently pointed out, the value of abusing the redistricting process for partisan advantage is perhaps the only thing those in charge in the two states can agree on.