Spending Topped $2 Million In Spring Supreme Court Race

Spending by outside smear groups and the two candidates in April’s Wisconsin Supreme Court race topped $2.1 million, and the state’s largest teachers union spent substantially more than the five candidates vying for state school superintendent combined, according to a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Statement on Passage of Impartial Justice Bill

The Impartial Justice bill passed by the Assembly and Senate easily qualifies as the most significant campaign reform in Wisconsin in more than 30 years. Not since 1977 has a reform approaching this magnitude been achieved in this state.

Testimony in the Matter of Amendment of the Judicial Code of Conduct's Rules on Recusal

Thank you for this opportunity to testify. My name is Mike McCabe and I am the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. On behalf of the Democracy Campaign, I applaud you for undertaking the task of examining when the financing and conduct of judicial campaigns should result in a judge’s disqualification from hearing and ruling on a case.

14 Big Donors Exceeded Contribution Limit In 2008

Three payday lenders and a veteran lobbyist were among 14 individuals who exceeded the $10,000 annual limit on total contributions to state and local candidates and political committees in 2008, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review shows.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Testimony at Informational Hearing on Campaign Finance Reform

Today Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws are full of holes and aren’t worth much more than the paper they are written on.

Payday Lenders Shell Out Record Cash To Kill Regulation

Payday lenders contributed a record $140,200 to the governor and legislative candidates in 2008 when it looked like Democrats, who favor capping the industry’s controversial loan rates, would capture full control of the legislature, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review shows.

Testimony of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign on the Campaign Finance Information System (CFIS)

We have as much experience using the state’s online Campaign Finance Information System as anyone. One of the members of our staff uses it every day, another uses it nearly every day and two others use it regularly.

WDC Joins 19 Groups in Filing Supreme Court Brief in Election Spending Case

WDC Joins 19 Groups in Filing Supreme Court Brief in Election Spending Case

WDC Joins 19 Groups in Filing Supreme Court Brief in Election Spending Case

WDC Joins 19 Groups in Filing Supreme Court Brief in Election Spending Case

WDC Joins 19 Groups in Filing Supreme Court Brief in Election Spending Case

WDC Joins 19 Groups in Filing Supreme Court Brief in Election Spending Case

Doyle's DNR Flip-Flop Attuned With Big Contributors

Powerful special interests that oppose a legislative proposal to return control over the Department of Natural Resources secretary to a citizen board have contributed $4.14 million to Governor Jim Doyle since 2003 versus $17,175 by supporters of the plan, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review shows.

Legislative Fundraising Plummets In First Half Of 2009: Legislators by Name

Table listing Legislative fundraising by name.

Legislative Fundraising Plummets In First Half Of 2009: Legislators by District

Table listing Legislative fundraising by district.

Legislative Fundraising Plummets In First Half Of 2009: Legislators by Total Raised

Table listing legislative fundraising by total raised.

Legislative Fundraising Plummets In First Half Of 2009

For the first time in 10 years legislators raised less than $1 million in a six-month period between January and June 2009 due to the Assembly’s decision to ban fundraising during consideration of the 2009-11 state budget, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review shows.

WDC Joins 19 Groups in Filing Supreme Court Brief in Election Spending Case

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign joined 19 legal and civic groups and a former Georgia Supreme Court justice in filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday arguing that allowing corporations to pour even more into the flood of special interest money in judicial elections “would have a profound and negative effect on the selection of state court judges and could damage the integrity of the judiciary.”

Midwest Reform Groups Urge President Obama to Support Federal Public Financing Legislation

In a letter sent to President Obama today, Midwest Democracy Network partner organizations called on President Obama to "use the full powers of the White House" to make much-needed public financing reforms of congressional and presidential elections a reality.

President Obama Pushed on Campaign Finance Promises

Today, a New York Times editorial, “Promises to Keep,” calls on President Obama to make good on the vow to overhaul election financing he made when opting to run his campaign outside of the federal public financing system. It asks President Obama to make certain his nominees to fill three vacant positions on the Federal Election Commission are dedicated to upholding and enforcing election law, rather than undercutting it.

Special Interest Sugar Daddies Buy Elections

Raising and spending more money than your opponent practically guarantees a legislative candidate a job in Wisconsin unless a special interest group with deep pockets takes an interest in you and your future, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.
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