The Essence of Corruption

In this update: 1. Politicians’ conflicting dependencies corrupt founders’ design 2. Wealthy donors infuse late money into 2014 elections 3. Citizens United referendum on Nov. 4 ballot in 12 communities 4. Film screening and discussion tomorrow evening at UW Law School The Essence of Corruption

Email date: 10/27/14

In this update:
1. Politicians’ conflicting dependencies corrupt founders’ design
2. Wealthy donors infuse late money into 2014 elections
3. Citizens United referendum on Nov. 4 ballot in 12 communities
4. Film screening and discussion tomorrow evening at UW Law School

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Politicians’ conflicting dependencies corrupt founders’ design
The few benefit at the expense of the many because the founders’ design has been corrupted and we do not have a government dependent on the people alone as they intended, Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe concludes in the most recent addition to WDC’s Big Money Blog.

The commentary cites the report issued last week identifying dozens of state budget items and recently enacted laws favoring special interests that donate heavily to the election campaigns of Wisconsin lawmakers.

The corruption of the system the nation’s founders established affects more than the way laws are made. It also is badly compromising the court system, including Wisconsin’s highest court.

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Wealthy donors infuse late money into 2014 elections
National political committees known as “527s” raked in $3.8 million from Wisconsin donors in 90 days, according to the latest filings with federal tax authorities reviewed by the Democracy Campaign. Two dozen wealthy donors provided 90% of the money, including a cool million from one Milwaukee couple. The funds get redirected back to Wisconsin-based groups in an elaborate shell game to pay for last-ditch advertising to influence the race for governor.

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Citizens United referendum on Nov. 4 ballot in 12 communities
Twelve Wisconsin communities will hold votes on November 4 asking local residents whether they support amending the U.S. Constitution to rein in money in politics. The votes will be held in Appleton, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Menasha, Neenah, Ripon, Stoughton, Wausau, village of Oregon, village of Park Ridge, Dunn County and Milwaukee County. Similar referendums or resolutions on the same topic have previously been approved in 43 communities across the state.

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Film screening and discussion tomorrow evening at UW Law School
The University of Wisconsin chapter of the National Lawyers Guild is sponsoring a free screening of the documentary movie Citizen Koch tomorrow night at the UW Law School. WDC director Mike McCabe, who was interviewed extensively by the movie’s producers and appears in the film, will be leading a discussion following the showing.