The Bottomless Well

In this update: 1. Legislative fundraising sets new record 2. Why local control is under siege The Bottomless Well

Email date: 8/7/14

In this update:
1. Legislative fundraising sets new record
2. Why local control is under siege

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Legislative fundraising sets new record
As money washes over the political landscape each election season and old fundraising and spending records inevitably fall, you'd think big donors would eventually reach the bottom of the well from which they are drawing all the money.

The well appears to be bottomless.

The Democracy Campaign issued a report this morning showing that state legislative candidates in Wisconsin raised more money than ever in the first half of the year. That took some real doing considering that they were competing for cash with higher-profile candidates seeking higher offices, including Congress and statewide offices such as governor and attorney general. A podcast also posted this morning offers reflections on our findings.

Speaking of the race for governor, we just updated the Campaign 2014 feature on our website again to include lists of the biggest donations in July to both Scott Walker and Mary Burke.

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Why local control is under siege
There are some powerful reasons why local control is so regularly sacrificed at the political altar. Democracy Campaign research director Michael Buelow counts the ways in the latest installment on our blog.