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Subeck, Hansen Push Referendum to Overturn Citizens United

Money Out Voters In Wisconsin

January 17, 2019

Madison — On Tuesday, January 22, Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) will be holding a press conference to unveil their resolutions that would give Wisconsinites a chance to weigh in on the role of big money in elections. The resolutions propose a statewide advisory referendum urging our elected officials to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and related Supreme Court rulings, and to declare that only flesh-and-blood human beings have constitutional rights.

Here’s a Look at the Largest Contributors to the Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates

Judge's Gavel

January 16, 2019

Two appeals court judges vying for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in April raised a combined $641,000 in the last half of 2018, and many of their largest contributors were longtime partisan donors.

Here’s Why Criminalizing Drunk Driving Faces a Tough Road in Wisconsin

Car Keys and Beverage

January 14, 2019

Renewed efforts to criminalize first-offense drunk driving in Wisconsin face tough prospects despite support from a bipartisan group of state legislators and a new Democratic governor.

Why "Marsy's Law" Is Flawed

Wisconsin Assembly Chambers

January 9, 2019

Matt Rothschild’s testimony for today’s hearing on “Marsy’s Law,” a victims’ rights resolution that the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign opposes, as it would violate the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The resolution passed in the last session of the legislature, and if it passes in this session, it would then go to statewide referendum to amend Wisconsin’s constitution. The Wisconsin resolution is part of a nationwide effort spearheaded by the billionaire Henry Nicholas, who has spent $72 million in six other states so far to amend their constitutions, according to Forbes. In the last legislative session in Wisconsin, a lobbying group calling itself Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin, LLC, spent a whopping $864,710 on the resolution here.

Diane Hendricks Tops Wisconsin Donors in Federal Races

Wisconsin Money

January 9, 2019

One Wisconsinite made it into the top 100 donors in federal races in the last election cycle, and that’s Diane Hendricks of ABC Supply in Beloit.

ATC Execs Throw Money Around in Madison

Power Lines

January 8, 2019

Senior executives of the two companies building a controversial powerline in southwestern Wisconsin have been greasing the skids in Madison.

Two Appeals Judges On April Ballot for Open Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chambers

January 3, 2018

Two state appeals court judges are on the April 2 ballot to replace retiring Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

Influence Peddler of the Month – National Rifle Association

Pistol with Stacks of Cash

Posted: January 2, 2019
Updated: Corrects 9th paragraph to say bill did not pass


In Wisconsin, the National Rifle Association spent just over $1 million in 2018 on electioneering activities in legislative and statewide elections. It was one of only a handful of powerful special interests to surpass the seven-figure mark for election spending last year.