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State Dems Raises 9x More Than State GOP in First Quarter

Democratic and Republican Share of Cheese

April 2, 2020

The state Democratic Party raised nearly $4.7 million during the first three months of 2020, about nine times more than the $513,000 raised by the state Republican Party, thanks to a handful of tony contributors.

State Dems Contributed $1.3M to Karofsky’s Campaign

Democratic Donkey, Money and Scales of Justice

March 31, 2020

The two candidates vying for a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in next week’s spring elections have raised nearly $4 million combined since they entered the race.

Special Interest Spending Tops $3M in Supreme Court Race

Justice Statue Behind Pile of Cash

March 30, 2020

Special interest groups spent more than $3 million as of Monday morning in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race.

Menards Accused of Price Gouging

Menards Store

March 26, 2020

Some stores owned by John Menard Jr., the state’s richest man and a major GOP campaign contributor, have been cited by Wisconsin and Michigan authorities for price gouging on products in high demand because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wisconsin Contributors Gave $4.8 million Last Year to Shadowy Electioneering Groups

Outline of Wisconsin Filled with Money

March 25, 2020

Wisconsin contributors gave about $4.8 million in 2019 to unregulated electioneering groups that frequently smear state and federal candidates. About $4 of every $5 went to Democratic-leaning groups.

Pro-Karofsky Groups Hold 23-1 Spending Advantage

Cash Raining Down on Statue of Justice

March 23, 2020

Outside election spending by special interest groups topped $1.1 million as of Monday morning in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race.

Out-of-State Group Drops $55K . . . . in a WI Mayor’s Race?

Wauwatosa City Hall

March 18, 2020

A Virginia group has spent about $55,100 on electioneering activities attacking one of two candidates in a suburban Milwaukee mayor’s race.

Outside Groups for Karofsky Outspending Those for Kelly

Lady Justice Gavel and Cash

March 17, 2020

Outside electioneering groups have spent about $735,000 so far in this spring’s Wisconsin Supreme Court race.

Evers Signs Bill to Cut Notice Time on Insurance Policy Changes

Desk Calendar

March 4, 2020

A bill that cuts from 60 days to 45 days the advanced notice that insurers are required to give policy holders about premium increases was signed into law on Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

Dan Kelly’s Big Guns

Gun vs Gavel on Scales

March 3, 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly held a fundraiser at a shooting range a day after a gunman killed five people and himself at the Molson Coors brewery in Milwaukee.

Shipbuilder Gets $29M State Grant After Contributions to Dem Electioneering Group

Marinette Marine

February 27, 2020

A northern Wisconsin shipbuilder was awarded a $29 million state grant on Tuesday by the administration of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers after making first-time contributions to a group that helps elect Democratic governors.

GOP Lawmakers Had 4x More Campaign Cash Going into 2020 Than Dems

Case filled with $100 bills

February 26, 2020

Republican lawmakers who control the legislature had four times more money in their campaign accounts at the start of the 2020 election year than their Democratic counterparts, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Call for U.S. Constitutional Convention

Wisconsin State Assembly

February 19, 2020

The GOP-controlled state Assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday that calls for a convention of the states to amend the U.S. Constitution. It’s part of an effort by Republicans nationwide in recent years to add a federal balanced budget requirement, term limits on federal offices, and restraints on federal government authority to the U.S. Constitution.

Outside Groups Spent $55K on Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

Wad of Cash

Posted: February 18, 2020
Updated: February 19, 2020

Outside electioneering groups have spent about $55,500 to support or oppose candidates in yesterday’s spring primary for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Bring Open Meetings Law into the 21st Century

Note Attached with Thumbtack

February 14, 2020

(Open letter to legislators about the lack of adequate public notice for public hearings from Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Matthew Rothschild.)

GOP Bill Would Allow Guns in Places of Worship

Praying Hands with Pistol and Ammo Clip

February 13, 2020

GOP lawmakers are working on a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in churches and other places of worship.

High Court Candidates Raise $275K in First Five Weeks of ‘20

Gold Gavel

February 11, 2020

Three candidates who face off in next week’s spring preprimary election raised a combined $275,000 during the first five weeks of 2020. The top two finishers will go on to face each other on the April 7 ballot.

When's the Hearing?

Wisconsin Assembly Chambers

Testimony Before the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections

February 11, 2020

(Testimony delivered on February 11, 2020 by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Matthew Rothschild.)

Special Interests Back Bills to Double Housing Development Breaks

Construction Site

February 7, 2020

Business, construction, and real estate interests are backing bipartisan bills that would double the tax breaks in a program aimed at encouraging housing projects in poor neighborhoods.

State Parties, Legislative Campaign Committees Take $1.1M+ in Corporate Contributions

February 4, 2020

The state Democratic and Republican parties and four legislative fundraising committees accepted more than $1.1 million in corporate contributions in 2019, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign preliminary review found.

Gov. Evers Stresses Fair Maps at Black History Month Celebration

Governor Evers Black History Month Address

February 3, 2020

At the kickoff for Black History Month in the State Capitol Monday morning, Gov. Tony Evers raised the issue of independent, nonpartisan redistricting, as he did in his State of the State address.

Dem Legislators Denounce Citizens United

Citizens United Press Conference

January 21, 2020

On the 10th anniversary of the Citizens United decision, five Democratic legislators held a press conference in the Assembly Gallery to denounce the impact this decision has had – and to offer solutions to it.