Senator Rakes in Banking Money, Casts Deciding Vote to Kill ATM Bill

A week after a bill preventing banks from charging consumers fees to use automatic teller machines (ATMs) was defeated by one vote in the State Senate, an analysis of state campaign finance records by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign shows a sharp increase in campaign contributions in the last half of 1999 from banking interests to State Senator Kevin Shibilski (D-Stevens Point), who cast the deciding vote on the ATM bill.

Payday Loan Industry Becomes Major Source of Out-of-State Campaign Funds

Payday lenders, mostly from outside of Wisconsin, have become the No. 1 out-of-state special interest contributor during the past two years, contributing thousands of dollars to Gov. Thompson and key legislators who control the fate of legislation to limit the interest rates that the industry charges, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said Monday.

New Campaign Reform Initiative Takes Aim at Partisan Gridlock

A coalition of 20 public interest organizations today unveiled a new campaign finance reform proposal that re-establishes campaign spending limits, tightens limits on campaign donations, creatively addresses independent electioneering by special interest groups and breathes new life into Wisconsin’s once effective system of public financing of election campaigns.

Take the Money and Run

Legislative candidates kicked off the first six months of the 2000 election year by raking in campaign contributions at a furious, record pace. A Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows that legislative campaign coffers held a total of $3.6 million as of June 30, which is 60 percent higher than at the same time in the 1998 election year.

Local TV Responds to Alliance Challenge

Local television stations devoted an average of more than a minute and a half a night to statements by candidates for national and state office in the 30 days before the November 7 election, an analysis of evening newscasts in the Madison market shows.

Republican Candidate’s Spending Brings Tally in 10th Senate District Race to Over $1.6 Million

Republican challenger Sheila Harsdorf has spent nearly $300,000 so far this year in her bid to win the hotly contested 10th Senate District seat, bringing total spending in the race to at least $1.6 million, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported.

Legislative Candidate Spending Soars Over ’98

Legislative candidates spent a record $3 million in a two-month period that ended late last month, according to a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis released today.

Ad Frenzy in 10th Senate District Smashes Spending Record

With the crucial final days leading up to the November 7 election still ahead, special interest groups led by the state teachers union already have spent more than $1.1 million to influence the outcome of the 10th Senate District race, according to an analysis of the latest campaign finance reports by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Legislative Candidates Awash in Outside Money

About $2 of every $3 in large individual contributions accepted by legislative candidates through Aug. 28 came from outside of their districts, compounding the impact of special interests who are rifling out big money donations at a record pace, according to a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis released today.

Candidate Committee Contributions a Growing Form of

Campaign contributions among candidate committees are skyrocketing and are being used by legislative candidates to launder special interest money and fuel the spiraling cost of campaigns, according to a report issued today by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Momentum Builds for Candidate Air Time Proposal

WDJT-TV Channel 58, the CBS affiliate in Milwaukee, has committed to air five minutes of political candidates discussing issues every night in the month before Wisconsin’s November 7 general election, the Alliance for Better Campaigns-Wisconsin reported today.

Green Bay CBS Affiliate Agrees to Air Nightly Candidate Issue Forums

WFRV-TV Channel 5, the CBS affiliate in Green Bay, has committed to air five minutes of political candidates discussing issues every night in the month before Wisconsin’s November 7 general election, the Alliance for Better Campaigns-Wisconsin reported today.

Rent-to-Own Contributions Jump Amid Try for Consumer Owner Protection Exemption

Campaign contributions to Wisconsin legislative candidates and the governor from employees of Texas and Wisconsin rent-to-own companies during the first six months of 2000 rose sharply (Chart 1) at the same time that legislators were considering a bill supported by the industry, according to a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis.

Alliance for Better Campaigns Launches GREEDYTV.ORG

With the television industry on a record-breaking pace to take in up to $1 billion from campaign ads this year, the Alliance for Better Campaigns today launched GREEDYTV.ORG, an interactive web site that will let citizens track how much stations take in from political ad sales and how little they air candidates discussing issues, and allow visitors to the site to sound off to local broadcasters by e-mail or fax.

Legislative Candidates Raising Money at Feverish Clip

As races enter the homestretch in the 2000 general election, legislative candidates are vacuuming up cash as quickly as special interests can drop it. The incumbents’ campaign war chests totaled $3.4 million at the end of the latest "pre-primary" reporting period in late August, a 68 percent increase over total campaign cash balances for the same period in the 1998 election season, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.

Network Affiliates Air Just 9 Seconds of Candidates Talking Each Night

Local television stations devoted an average of 9 seconds a night to statements by candidates for national, state and local office in the month before Wisconsin’s April 4 primary election, an analysis of evening newscasts in the Madison market shows.

WISN Agrees to Alliance’s Political Air Time Proposal

WISN TV 12, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, has committed to air five minutes of political candidate discourse - in the form of mini-debates, one-on-one live or taped interviews and other reporting formats - every night in the month before Wisconsin’s November 7 general election, the Alliance for Better Campaigns-Wisconsin reported today.

Special Interests Snub Disclosure Law

Powerful special interest groups are violating Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws by not disclosing employment information about their contributors, and some legislative candidates are not revealing this legally required information even when it is provided to them, according to a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis released today.

Legislators, Candidates Fail to Properly Disclose Large Contributions

Forty-nine legislators and legislative candidates violated state election laws by not disclosing required employment and occupational information about large individual contributors who made 171 donations totaling $46,902 during the first six months of 2000, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.

Pharmaceutical Donations in 2000 Up a Fifth Over Previous 5 Years

Pharmaceutical manufacturers substantially increased their dose of campaign contributions and lobbying activity during the first six months of 2000 when Wisconsin legislators considered but failed to pass any one of six bills to create a prescription drug assistance plan for the elderly, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said today.

TV Can Only Spare Half-a-Minute for Candidate Coverage

A new study of the broadcast industry’s role in the 2000 election campaign has found that the national networks and a sampling of local television stations across the country devoted just over a half-minute to candidate discourse during the height of the 2000 primary season, while the industry as a whole pocketed record revenues from political ads, the Alliance for Better Campaigns-Wisconsin said today.

Lawmakers Get Failing Marks for Campaign Reform Efforts

After failing to enact a single piece of campaign finance reform legislation in the 1999-2000 legislative session, state lawmakers were given an "F" in a final report card released today by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Lawmakers Addicted to Out-of-District Money to Fuel Campaigns

State legislators have become so heavily dependent on campaign contributions from people they are not elected to represent that a new form of "carpetbagging" has emerged in Wisconsin, a report released today by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign shows.

Lawmaker Ignore Disclosure Law on Hundreds of Large Contributions

Thirty state legislators failed to comply with the state elections law requiring them to disclose the occupation and employer of all contributors who give more than $100, a review of campaign finance reports by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign revealed.

Wealthy Gasoline Retailer Violates Campaign Contribution Limits

Campaign finance reports filed with the State Elections Board show that a Mequon resident who owns more than 100 gasoline stations exceeded the state’s $10,000 a year limit on political contributions, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said today.
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