60,000 More

In this update: 1. Donor database updated 2. Insurance industry appears to get handsome payoff from political gifts 3. Road building interests buy place on November ballot 4. Reaching out to "politically homeless" 60,000 More

Email date: 10/14/14

In this update:
1. Donor database updated 2. Insurance industry appears to get handsome payoff from political gifts
3. Road building interests buy place on November ballot
4. Reaching out to “politically homeless”

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Donor database updated
This week the Democracy Campaign added more than 60,000 new records of political contributions to our online donor database, updating it to reflect the most recently reported campaign activity.

Amazingly, all the work that goes into collecting and processing all this data for inclusion in our searchable computer database is the labor of a single person, WDC data analyst David Julseth. If you value having this tool that enables the public to follow the money in Wisconsin politics, we hope you will help make sure the Democracy Campaign can afford to carry on this painstaking and time-consuming work that makes this marvelous accountability tool possible.

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Insurance industry appears to get handsome payoff from political gifts
When it comes to the question of whether Wisconsin should accept or reject federal dollars to expand Wisconsin’s BadgerCare program giving more people access to health insurance, poll after poll have shown the public wanted the state to take the money, but the insurance industry stood to benefit from rejecting the federal funds and forcing people to buy private insurance. State officials sided with the industry. We couldn’t help but notice the substantial flow of campaign money from insurance interests to Governor Scott Walker and state legislators who granted the industry its wish. When asked by news reporters about our finding, the governor had a hard time finding words to justify his administration’s policy.

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Road building interests buy place on November ballot
Not much attention has been given to an obscure proposed constitutional amendment on transportation funding that Wisconsin voters will be asked to ratify on November 4. The proposal would give budget protection to road building and other transportation needs that no other state programs have. Citing Democracy Campaign data, the editor of The Capital Times sheds light this week on why voters are being asked to bless this preferential treatment.

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Reaching out to “politically homeless”
An extensive interview with WDC director Mike McCabe about his book was aired this past Sunday on a Green Bay TV station. If you missed it or don’t live in the Fox Valley, the program is archived on the station’s website and can be watched there.