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Walker Signs Landlord-Backed Bill Easing Rental Inspections

April 17, 2018

A bill backed by landlords that imposes restrictions on rental inspections conducted by local governments was signed into law on Monday by GOP Gov. Scott Walker.

Walker Signs WMC, Koch-Backed Bill to Limit Work Rules by Local Governments

April 17, 2018

Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law on Monday that prohibits local governments from passing or enforcing numerous employment rules.

Robin Vos’s Title Loan Trip Troubles

April 13, 2018

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’s ties to a title loan company in Georgia have put him in hot water.

Democratic Group Books $500K+ in TV Time for Fall Elections

April 13, 2018

A group that raises money to support Democratic candidates for governor around the country has already reserved more than $500,000 in television time for the fall elections.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Cost $2.M

April 11, 2018

A dozen special interest groups spent more than $3 million on outside electioneering activities in this year’s Wisconsin Supreme Court race, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

Koch Brothers Group Applauds Walker on Welfare Bills

by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director

April 10, 2018

Scott Walker is getting a glowing performance review from his bosses, the Koch Brothers, for making life more difficult for poor kids in Wisconsin.

Republican Governors Association Books $5M in TV Ads to Support Walker

April 9, 2018

A group that raises tens of millions of dollars each year from wealthy special interests to support GOP gubernatorial candidates nationwide has booked $5.1 million in ads to support Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s reelection.

Walker Signs Sheldon Adelson’s Anti-Israel Boycott Bill

April 5, 2018

A GOP bill that prohibits state and local governments from boycotting Israel was signed into law by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Walker Signs Lawsuit Bill Sought by Big Business Backers

April 4, 2018

Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill on Tuesday sought by big business campaign contributors that slashes the amount of time people can sue for numerous injuries.

$200K to GOP Leads to Anti-Abortion Law

April 4, 2018

When Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill on Tuesday that removes most abortion coverage for state and local public workers, he was acting on behalf of anti-abortion groups that have spent more than $200,000 to elect Republicans over the last eight years.

WMC, Greater Wisconsin Top Outside Spenders in High Court Race

March 30, 2018

Special interest groups have spent about $2.2 million on outside electioneering activities to support and attack the candidates in next week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court election, according to a preliminary review by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Sweet Victory for Democracy in Wisconsin!

by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director

March 29, 2018

It’s not often that we’ve had occasion, over the last seven years, to celebrate a victory for democracy here in Wisconsin, but today is one of those rare days.

Today, Gov. Scott Walker followed the law.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Testimony Against GOP Proposed Change to Special Elections Law

Before Senate Committee on Elections and Utilities

March 28, 2018

Good morning, Mr. Chairman, and distinguished Senators. It’s nice to see you all again.

I’m Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which, since 1995, has been advocating for clean, open, and transparent government.

I’m here today to oppose, in the strongest terms possible, the naked partisan power play that is going on right now.

Excessive Polluters Are Large Campaign Contributors

March 28, 2018

Executives with about a dozen papermakers, utilities, and other companies accused of dumping excessive pollution into Wisconsin waterways in 2016 and 2017 are also generous campaign contributors in most cases.

High Court Candidates Raised $1.2M+ Since Jan. 1

March 27, 2018

The two candidates facing off in next week’s spring election for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court raised more than $1.2 million combined since the beginning of the year.

Walker, Fitzgerald, Vos Shameless on Special Elections

by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director

March 23, 2018

Scott Walker, Scott Fitzgerald, and Robin Vos have no respect for democracy or representative government.

They are drunk with their power, and they’ll do anything to hold on to it.

Vote No on State Treasurer Referendum

by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director

March 26, 2018

On April 3, Wisconsin voters will find a referendum on their ballot to eliminate the office of the State Treasurer.

Please vote no on this referendum.

Meteor Timber Gave $12K to GOP, May Get Tax Break

March 23, 2018


The sand-processing plant, which would be located between Tomah and Black River Falls, is sought by Meteor Timber, a company owned by Atlanta, Ga.-based Timberland Investment Resources. The project would destroy about 16 acres of rare hardwood wetlands.For the second time in as many months, the GOP-controlled Assembly has approved a break for a proposed frac sand mining operation whose owners contributed $12,000 to the state Republican Party last year.

Bill Sought by Special Interests to Cut Lawsuits Goes to Walker

March 23, 2018


The proposal, Assembly Bill 773, reduces from six to three years the statutes of limitations for civil lawsuits involving liability, fraud, rights violations, and injury to character.A pro-business bill that slashes the amount of time people can file lawsuits was given final approval on Friday by the Assembly and sent to Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Senate Approves Sheldon Adelson’s Anti-BDS Bill

 

March 21, 2018

The measure, Assembly Bill 553, prohibits state and local governments from adopting rules to boycott doing business with Israel. It also requires contracts of $100,000 or more between state and local governments and businesses for goods and services to prohibit the business from being involved in the so-called Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The movement, which has surfaced in recent years on some college campuses, is designed to pressure Israel to stop oppressing the Palestinian people.A bill that punishes local governments and businesses that boycott Israel was approved Wednesday by the state Senate and sent to GOP Gov. Scott Walker.

Corporate Contributions to State Parties, Legislative Committees Topped $1M in 2017

 

March 20, 2018


By party, Republicans accepted about $900,375 and Democrats accepted $133,750 – a near $7 to $1 difference.Two Wisconsin Indian tribes and real estate and beer interests led the special interests that made more than $1 million in corporate campaign contributions in 2017 to four legislative campaign committees and the state Democratic and Republican parties.

Koch Volunteer of the Year Helps Sink Wisconsin Marine Sanctuary

March 20, 2018


“It did blindside many of us,” says Rolf Johnson, the CEO of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc. “I was really excited about this.”When Gov. Scott Walker rescinded his nomination for a federal designation of a marine sanctuary north of Milwaukee on March 6, he caught a lot of people by surprise.

GOP Lawmakers Led Dems in Fundraising, Cash on Hand in 2017

March 14, 2018

Republican legislators had more than three times as much cash in their campaign accounts as their Democratic counterparts at the end of 2017, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.