Conflicting Dependencies

In this update: 1. Legislators dependent on outsiders for campaign cash 2. Koch brothers in your mailbox 3. Crowdfunding campaign off to fast start 4. Comedians do it better Conflicting Dependencies

Email date: 6/17/14

In this update:
1. Legislators dependent on outsiders for campaign cash
2. Koch brothers in your mailbox
3. Crowdfunding campaign off to fast start
4. Comedians do it better

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Legislators dependent on outsiders for campaign cash
Our nation’s founders envisioned a political system and government “dependent on the people alone” and “not the rich, more than the poor.” It’s not working that way today.

A new report from the Democracy Campaign shows that Wisconsin legislators have conflicting dependencies. They are supposed to represent the voters who elect them, but they are heavily dependent on people who cannot vote for them for the donations that bankroll their election campaigns.

For more reflections on our findings, check out our podcast.

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Koch brothers in your mailbox
Building on a statewide TV ad blitz to support Governor Scott Walker, a tax-exempt organization started by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is sending a steady stream of mailings to Wisconsin voters. We blogged recently about the first flyer sent by Americans for Prosperity Foundation. The group quickly followed up on that one with another. Like the initial mailing, the second one claims credit for enacting legislation that stripped public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

Meanwhile, the documentary film “Citizen Koch” played in sold-out theaters in Wisconsin over the weekend. In fact, the movie did so well in Milwaukee and Madison that it is being held over for an extra week of screenings in both cities.

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Crowdfunding campaign off to fast start
The Kickstarter campaign for Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe’s book was more than a third of the way to its goal in the first 24 hours of the 30-day appeal.

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Comedians do it better
Research confirms what was already readily apparent to most viewers. Fake news shows are more informative than actual TV news.