Enough Spin to Make you Dizzy

In this update: 1. Plot thickens as John Doe story unfolds 2. Lawsuit targets limits on PAC donations 3. Outside money in the spotlight Enough Spin to Make you Dizzy

Email date: 6/25/14

In this update:
1. Plot thickens as John Doe story unfolds
2. Lawsuit targets limits on PAC donations
3. Outside money in the spotlight

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Plot thickens as John Doe story unfolds
As more revelations about the once-secret investigation of possible election-related wrongdoing in Wisconsin come to the surface, Governor Scott Walker has gone from the frying pan into the fire. Try as he might, Walker has not been able to douse the flames. He tried arguing that the investigation is over and no lawbreaking was found. Newspapers from Milwaukee to La Crosse aren’t buying it. Characterizing the criminal probe as a partisan witch hunt doesn’t hold water. The “everybody is doing it” defense actually makes a strong case for more John Doe investigations, not the end of this one.

Walker and his defenders have been backed into a corner and now seem to be acknowledging that the governor’s campaign and right-wing groups engaged in activities that have long been illegal in Wisconsin. Their defense hinges on the dubious theory that this conduct should be legal, a line of reasoning that is as dangerous as it is hypocritical.

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Lawsuit targets limits on PAC donations
In a continuation of the onslaught against limits on political donations, a Wisconsin group went to court late last week in hopes of getting state limits on campaign contributions from special interest political action committees (PACs) thrown out.

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Outside money in the spotlight
The Democracy Campaign’s report on legislators’ heavy reliance on political donations from people who cannot vote for them got newspaper and radio coverage for a second week.