Academic Study Shows Link Between Campaign Donations and State Contracts

A new study by a University of Michigan researcher identifies a strong connection between campaign donations by construction and road-building contractors and major state contracts awarded by former Governor Tommy Thompson’s administration.

Costly Breaks to Big Donors Survive Budget Crisis

The proposed state budget could cost property taxpayers, seniors and college students hundreds of dollars a year while wealthy special interests who make large campaign contributions lose only $1 million of an estimated $5 billion a year in tax breaks, pork barrel spending and other policy favors, a new report by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign shows.

Statement of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign on U.S. Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance reform

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law is constitutional is an historic victory for the cause of political reform.

State Elections Board Does It Again

The state Elections Board remained true to its see-no-evil track record today when it dismissed complaints and over 200 pages of accompanying evidence that Democratic Governor James Doyle and Republican Assembly Speaker John Gard repeatedly violated state campaign finance disclosure laws by failing to reveal the occupations and employers of hundreds of big campaign donors.

State Elections Board to Act Tomorrow on WDC Complaints Against Governor, Assembly Speaker for Disclosure Violations

The state Elections Board could fine Democratic Governor James Doyle and Republican Assembly Speaker John Gard a combined $123,000 when it meets Wednesday to consider Wisconsin Democracy Campaign complaints that the veteran politicians violated state campaign finance laws by failing to fully disclose the source of hundreds of campaign donations.

Public Input Suppression Act of 2003

A business deregulation bill being rammed through the Legislature by leaders marinated in campaign contributions from the plan’s backers would make it more difficult for people to object to environmental and other concerns about business expansions and locations that affect the public, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said today.

Cash and Carry Lawmaking

The state Legislature’s agenda for the final floor session of the year is full of arcane special interest measures that will never make the public’s to-do list but are coveted by wealthy campaign contributors, a new report by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign shows.

WDC Files Complaints Against Governor, Assembly Leader for Illegal Donations: Gard

Summary of Contributions with Missing Employment Information for Rep. John Gard

WDC Files Complaints Against Governor, Assembly Leader for Illegal Donations: Doyle

Summary of Contributions with Missing Employment Information for Governor James Doyle

WDC Files Complaints Against Governor, Assembly Leader for Illegal Donations

Democratic Governor James Doyle and Republican Assembly Speaker John Gard violated state campaign finance laws by repeatedly failing to fully disclose the source of nearly $115,000 in campaign contributions, according to complaints filed today by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

"Buy-Partisan Politics"

Hundreds of contributors representing powerful special interests shell out generous contributions to both Democratic and Republican candidates to gain influence regardless of who wins the governor’s office and which party controls the Legislature, a report by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign shows.

Wisconsin Gets a Lackluster Grade for Campaign Finance Disclosure

A new national study gives Wisconsin a C- for campaign finance disclosure.

WDC Renews Media Campaign for Reform

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign today announced it is running a new series of newspaper and radio ads throughout the state to remind the public that an overwhelming vote of support for campaign finance reform in a 2000 referendum has been ignored by state lawmakers who continue to stonewall reform legislation three years after the vote.

4 Get 'Nero Award' for Blocking Reform

Wisconsin’s governor and three top legislative leaders were given “Nero Awards” today by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign for ignoring public demands for reform and failing to provide leadership needed to clean up a Capitol engulfed in political scandal.

A 3-Lie Budget

Promises that the state budget would be balanced, taxes would not be increased and the pain of solving the fiscal crisis would be universally shared were all broken because the Legislature and governor refused to require their wealthy donors to sacrifice in order to close the state’s $3.2 billion deficit, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.

Special Interests Lubricated Political Machinery as State Budget Took Shape

Special interests scrambled to get what they could from the state budget by contributing $1.28 million to legislators’ campaigns and leadership committees in the first half of 2003 after doling out a record amount of contributions in election year 2002, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.

Do-Nothing Board Becomes Do-Little Board for a Day

The state Elections Board today fined 19 wealthy donors and an ex-governor for making or accepting illegal campaign contributions in response to complaints filed by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Donors, Ex-Governor Face Nearly $317,000 in Fines

Wealthy donors and a former governor accused of violating state campaign finance laws that limit to $10,000 the total amount of campaign contributions an individual can give in a year or a gubernatorial candidate can accept face fines totaling nearly $317,000 when the state Elections Board meets Wednesday.

TV Industry Profiteering on Democracy

Local television stations around the country jacked up the prices of candidate ads by an average of 53% in the two months before the 2002 election, exploiting a campaign-driven spike in demand, according to a study released today by the national Alliance for Better Campaigns.

Feds Investigating Wisconsin Money Laundering

The FBI is investigating allegations of campaign money laundering in Maryland and Wisconsin by a Washington, D.C.-based Democratic Party committee, the Washington Post is reporting today.

State Budget Amounts to 'Fiscal Feudalism'

Both Governor Jim Doyle’s proposed budget and the alternative version crafted by Republicans who control the Legislature are fatally flawed because they leave Wisconsin in a precarious financial position in order to protect $5 billion worth of political perks for special interest campaign donors, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said today.

Out-of-State Donors Pour Record Cash into State Races

Large contributions from wealthy out-of-state donors to Wisconsin candidates for statewide office and the Legislature soared to a record $1.2 million in 2002 - a third of it to Democratic Governor Jim Doyle - a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis released today shows.

WDC Files 43 Complaints Against Fat Cat Donors, Ex-Governor

Forty-two wealthy contributors violated a state campaign finance law in 2002 that imposes a $10,000 a year limit on the total amount of contributions they can make to political candidates and committees, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.
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