Doyle Grants-for-Campaign Cash Connection Warrants Investigation

The district attorneys investigating apparent illegal campaigning and so-called "pay to play" activity in the Capitol should expand their probe to examine possible links between government grants made by Attorney General Jim Doyle to several charitable groups and the campaign donations individuals connected to the groups made to Doyle’s campaign for governor, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said today.

Skindrud's Unguarded Caucus Comments Expose Hypocrisy of Anti-Reform Lawmakers

Unfair Fight

Legislative officeholders who auctioned off two state budget bills to attract special interest campaign contributions have built up a 14-1 cash advantage over challengers with only three months to go before the November elections, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Campaign Reform Law

The campaign finance reform plan that was enacted last summer as part of a state budget repair bill was ruled unconstitutional Wednesday by U.S. District Court judge Barbara Crabb.

Election Turns on a Dime

Legislative candidates who spent the most money during the pre-election cycle won 82 percent of the races, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.

36,000 Ads Aired at Cost of $12.8 Million

Local television stations in Wisconsin’s three largest TV markets have aired close to 36,000 political ads this year and charged candidates, parties and issue groups $12.8 million for the air time, according to figures released today by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

WDC Grades Candidates on Disclosure

Candidates have improved disclosing the source of their large special interest contributions, but recent charges in the caucus investigation and growing difficulty in identifying the true source of millions of dollars in negative issue ads being aired paint a bleak picture for openness and accountability in Wisconsin election campaigns, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.

24,000 Doses of Poison

Through October 15, local television stations in Wisconsin’s three largest TV markets have aired nearly 24,000 political ads this year and have charged candidates, parties and issue groups over $7.6 million for the air time, according to figures released today by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Special Session Must Address Root Causes of Corruption

Any special legislative session in response to the Capitol scandal needs to focus on the enactment of comprehensive campaign reforms if lawmakers are serious about ending corrupt practices in state government, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said today in response to Governor Scott McCallum’s call for a November 13 special session.

TV Political Ad Frenzy Kicks into High Gear

With a month to go until Election Day, local television stations in Wisconsin’s three largest TV markets already have treated their viewers to over 19,500 political ads this year and have charged candidates, parties and issue groups nearly $6.3 million for the air time, according to figures released today by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

WDC to Broadcasters: Let 'Em All Debate

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association should reconsider the eligibility criteria it has established for participation in the gubernatorial debate the association plans to sponsor, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said today.

Odds Worsen for Challengers

Legislative officeholders had $3.3 million in campaign cash on hand - $16 for every $1 raised by their challengers - heading into the home stretch to November’s general election, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.

TV Political Ad Spending on Record Pace

Local television stations in Wisconsin’s three largest TV markets have already taken in over $4 million this year from the sale of over 12,000 political ads, according to figures released today by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Clean Sweep Pledge Responses: Assembly Candidates, M-Z

Assembly candidate responses to the "Clean Sweep" pledge, M through Z.

Deafening Silence

Most current office holders went into hiding when challenged to go beyond vague statements of support for political reform and take a public stand on key details of campaign finance reform legislation as well as other political reforms, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported today as it released responses to its “Clean Sweep” questionnaire.

Governor Candidates Woo Elite, Not Grassroots Support

The major party candidates for governor, some of whom boast that their talent for raising a lot of money indicates broad voter support, are accepting two-thirds of their campaign contributions from only an elite sliver of donors who gave $500 or more, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.
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