Email date: 5/23/14
In this update:
1. GAB bends law for lobbyists
2. Documentary on money in politics coming to theaters in June
GAB bends law for lobbyists
Regular people are expected to obey laws as they are written. Lobbyists and their clients, not so much.
The Government Accountability Board’s capitulation to lobbyists and legislative leaders on whether or not to allow lobbyists to pass checks to lawmakers even when they are in session is the latest acquiescence to the power of big money in Wisconsin politics.
On top of this, a federal judge signed off on an agreement between state election authorities and a wealthy Wisconsin businessman killing a state law limiting overall campaign contributions and preventing what amounts to money laundering.
If another federal judge’s recent decision holds up on appeal, the behavior that led Wisconsin’s senate president to resign in disgrace will be legal in the future. Days after that ruling, a federal court in Chicago struck down a Wisconsin rule closing the farcical “magic words” loophole enabling interest groups to keep the public in the dark about who is paying for their political attack ads. The latest post on our blog satirically illustrates what madness these federal judges have wrought.
Meanwhile, what voters of every political stripe are thinking is diametrically opposed to the views of the judges and regulators and lobbyists and legislators.
Documentary on money in politics coming to theaters in June
More than a year after stirring audiences at a number of film festivals, the controversial movie “Citizen Koch” is finally making it to theaters across the country. It will be screened in Racine on June 12, with proceeds benefiting the Democracy Campaign. The film will open at the Sundance Cinemas in Madison on June 13, with proceeds from the Sunday, June 15 showing also benefiting WDC.
Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe was interviewed extensively for the project and appears in the trailer as well as several times in the film.