Report, 'Walker's Worst 100,' Details Assault on Wisconsin's Way of Life

Fist on Table

April 26, 2016

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign issued a report on Tuesday that covers 100 items approved by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the legislature that have collectively assaulted Wisconsin’s democracy and the common good.

Kwik Trip Owners Boost Trump, Wisconsin GOP

Kwik Trip Gas Station

August 17, 2016

The owners of the Kwik Trip convenience store chain and the founder of Logistics Health held a $2,700-per person fundraiser Tuesday in La Crosse for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Gifts from Walmart PACs Misreported in Wisconsin?

Walmart Logo

Posted: July 26, 2016
Updated: July 27, 2016

Fourteen candidates for the Wisconsin state legislature, along with two partisan campaign committees, reported receiving a total of $14,000 in campaign contributions in the second quarter of 2016 from two Walmart political action committees that actually aren’t doing business in the state.

Food, Drinks at Private Fundraisers No Longer Count

Cheese Crackers Beverage

September 6, 2016

The cost of food, drinks, and invitations provided by wealthy donors for candidate fundraisers that they hold in their homes are no longer campaign contributions to the candidates under the state’s new campaign finance laws.

Bevy of Special Interest Bills Ready for Final Action by Walker

Document and Pen

February 19, 2016

Numerous bills on the wish lists of special interest groups were approved this week by the GOP-controlled legislature, and await final action by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Legislative Fundraising Committees Raise Record $1.6M in Six Months

Figure in Suit Showered by Money

July 21, 2016

Four legislative campaign committees that milk special interests for cash to spend on elections raised a record $1.6 million during the first six months of 2016.

10 Wins to Celebrate on July 4 in Wisconsin

Fireworks

June 27, 2016

In honor of July 4, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign has come up with a list of 10 legislative victories for We, the People, that occurred in the last legislative session.

Votes on Local Control Show Special Interests, Party Loyalty Outweigh Community

Broken Main Street Sign

September 26, 2016

Legislative votes on dozens of bills since 2011 that reduced local control or imposed spending mandates show party loyalty and special interest campaign contributions trumped community ties. About half of the lawmakers in the legislature once held a local government office, but that didn’t stop them from interfering with local control.

Fitzgerald's Aides Give Dubious Testimony on Rigged Wisconsin Maps

Wisconsin Ballot Box

May 25, 2016

Two aides to Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald gave dubious and unintentionally damning testimony over the last two days in the federal court case over the drawing of electoral maps in Wisconsin.

Redistricting Steals Choice from Wisconsin Voters

Ballot Box with the Word Vote on the Side

Posted: June 13, 2016
Updated: June 14, 2016

About 2.8 million Wisconsin residents – almost half the state’s population – will have little or no choice about who represents them in the Assembly or Senate on Election Day. The reason: Only one major party candidate will be on the ballot in their Assembly or Senate district.

Electioneering Groups Spent Nearly $9 Million in Legislative Elections

Ballot Box with Cash

November 21, 2016

Special interest electioneering groups doled out a record $8.9 million in the 2016 legislative elections. Democratic groups spent sharply more money, according to figures compiled by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, even though Republicans added to their comfortable majorities in the Assembly and Senate.

Factory Farm Owned by Head of Powerful Ag Group Probed for Manure Runoff

Dead Fish in the Water

July 18, 2016

A Calumet County factory farm owned by the president of a powerful agricultural lobbying group and supporter of Republican Gov. Scott Walker is under state investigation for a manure runoff that polluted a Fox River tributary and killed fish in late June or early July.

Electioneering Groups Set Spending Record in Legislative Elections

Top Three Winners Ranked on Dais

November 2, 2016

Spending by special interest electioneering groups in next week’s legislative elections in Wisconsin has topped $7.8 million – a record, according to preliminary figures compiled by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

John Doe Opponents Try to Block Path to U.S. Supreme Court

Gavel Scales Case

February 2, 2016

Lawyers for two people embroiled in the now-halted John Doe II investigation are seeking to block any appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is due on March 1.

Secretive Group Attacks John Doe DA

Law Cases

February 8, 2016

A conservative special interest group has sponsored two mailings that attacked the record of one of the county prosecutors involved in appealing a state Supreme Court decision that closed the John Doe II investigation.

Opponents Say 'Cookie Bill' is Cookie Monster, and Not the Funny Kind

Cookies

February 3, 2016

A bipartisan bill that would legalize the sale of homemade baked and canned goods has farmers and a conservative ideological group at odds with restaurants, grocers, and public health officials.

WDC Statement on Legislative and Congressional Redistricting (Assembly Bill 328 and Senate Bill 58)

Assembly District Map

Committee on Campaigns and Elections April 1, 2016 Informational Hearing

Posted: April 8, 2016

We enthusiastically support the effort by Wisconsin legislators to adopt the Iowa model for drawing Wisconsin’s political maps. Assembly Bill 328 and Senate Bill 58 authorize the Legislative Reference Bureau to draw Wisconsin’s district maps in an impartial, nonpartisan manner, which is vital to help restore people’s faith in our democracy.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Cost $5.6 Million

Justice Statue Behind Pile of Cash

July 27, 2016

Spending in last spring’s Wisconsin Supreme Court race totaled $5.6 million, with outside smear groups sharply outspending the candidates.

'Public Telling' Highlights Opposition, Solutions to Big Money Dominance in Elections

Rep. Lisa Subeck at Public Telling

On 6th Anniversary of Citizens United Ruling, Wisconsin Should Move Towards Real Reform

Posted: January 21, 2016
Updated: February 3, 2016

Big Ag Poured $$$ on Controversial Water Bills

Potato Irrigation

August 23, 2016

The owners of large vegetable-growing farms ramped up their campaign contributions to legislative committees during the first six months of 2016 when lawmakers considered controversial well water bills they favored.

UPDATE: Walker to Pick from Three Finalists for High Court Appointment

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chambers

June 22, 2016

Republican Gov. Scott Walker announced today he will interview three finalist to replace retiring Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser.

Senator Nass Joins Far Right in Denouncing UW

UW Madison Bascom Hall

December 20, 2016

Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), longtime critic of the University of Wisconsin, has condemned a course offering this spring entitled “The Problem of Whiteness.”

State's Legal Guardian for Special Interests Seeks Reelection

Attorney General Brad Schimel

December 16, 2016

GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel, who won office in 2014 with the help of $1.7 million in backing from big business and other special interests, plans on seeking reelection in 2018.