Email date: 8/7/14
In this update:
1. Legislative fundraising sets new record
2. Why local control is under siege
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.
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.