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Dark Money Groups Must Disclose Wealthy Backers, U.S. Supreme Court Says

Dark Money Under Light

Posted: September 19, 2018
Updated: September 20, 2018

The names of wealthy contributors to certain political nonprofit groups that often sponsor negative ads and mailings during elections must be disclosed, following U.S. Supreme Court action on Tuesday.

WEDC Hands $250K in State Welfare to Company Run by Generous Walker Donor

Badger Meter with Cash

September 14, 2018

Top executives of a company that was awarded $250,000 in state welfare have contributed nearly $26,000 to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s campaigns.

WMC Pushing Kimberly-Clark Welfare Package

WMC Shaking Down Taxpayer for Cash

September 12, 2018

Kimberly-Clark will keep open one of two northeastern Wisconsin plants if the state Senate approves a welfare package by the end of the month, a legislative leader says.

Foxconn Investment Fund Partners Are Big Walker Contributors

Pink Piggy Bank with Cash

September 6, 2018

Three Wisconsin companies that partnered with Foxconn to create a $100 million fund to help new tech companies are also generous contributors to GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign.

Partisan Groups Boast $4+ Million in Election Spending in AG Race

Faceless Figures Arm Wrestling with Cash

August 31, 2018

Two partisan groups say they plan to sponsor a combined $4.5 million in electioneering activities in Wisconsin’s race for attorney general this November.

Outside Group Spending Nears $900K in Gov’s Race

August 28, 2018

Outside group spending on the governor’s race approached $900,000 as of Tuesday, according to reports reviewed by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

3M’s Money Trail

Smoke Stacks Belching Money

August 24, 2018

Here is the money trail for 3M, which the Department of Natural Resources is investigating again after air pollution control equipment at 3M’s Wausau factory failed in April and records show the company didn’t properly report emissions in 2016 and 2017.

FOIC Should Rescind ‘Openness’ Award to Governor

An open letter to the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council

August 22, 2018

Dear Bill Lueders and the FOIC Board,

We urge you to rescind the “Openness” award you gave to Gov. Walker earlier this year.

Six Wealthy Donors Give State GOP $255K

Rich Main in Sports Car in Front of Wisconsin Sign

August 15, 2018

Six wealthy contributors, all but one of whom are from outside Wisconsin, have given the state Republican Party $255,000 during the past two weeks.

Outside Electioneering Groups Spent Most on Mahlon Mitchell

Firetruck Spraying Money

August 13, 2018

About a dozen outside electioneering groups have spent about $655,300 on legislative and statewide primary elections that will be held Tuesday. And nearly two-thirds of the spending was made by unions to support Democratic candidate for governor Mahlon Mitchell.

WMC Recognizes High-Capacity-Well Backer with “Environmental” Award

Award and Potato Field Under Irrigation

August 9, 2018

An industry group that helped spearhead a state law that loosened state oversight and regulation of controversial high-capacity wells has received an environmental award from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC).

Half of the Largest Contributors to AG Candidates Were Outside Wisconsin

Scales of Justice with Luggage

August 8, 2018

About half of the largest individual contributions to the major party attorney general candidates in July were from lawyers and others outside of Wisconsin, newly filed campaign finance reports show.

WEDC Gives $60M to Company Run by Walker Donors

Cardboard Box Full of Cash

August 7, 2018

Top executives of a papermaker that was recently awarded $60 million in state welfare for a construction project have contributed more than $17,000 to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s campaigns.

WDC Letter on 2020 Census Citizenship Question

Man taking survey

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign opposes the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

Major State Parties Raising Money Hand Over Fist

Fistful of dollars

August 3, 2018

The state Democratic and Republican parties raised nearly $4.9 million combined during the first six months of 2018, with the GOP sharply outraising Democrats. The Republican Party of Wisconsin also had five times as much money on hand as its Democratic counterpart.

Republicans Outraising Dems with Record-Breaking Hauls by Legislative Leaders

Cash of various denominations

August 2, 2018

The four legislative campaign committees in Wisconsin are hauling in money at a record clip, with the two Republican ones far outdistancing their Democratic counterparts, according to a review by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Wisconsin Contributors Gave Record $3.6M in First Half of 2018 to Unregulated Groups

Wisconsin Money

July 30, 2018

Nearly four dozen special interest groups that raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to hijack state and federal elections received a record $3.6 million from Wisconsin contributors during the first half of 2018, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

Latest Foxconn Bid Winners Contributed $68K to Walker Campaign

Bid Button with $100 Bills

July 25, 2018

Owners and employees from a third of the three dozen companies that were awarded contracts by Foxconn on Tuesday have contributed about $68,000 to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s campaigns.

Betsy DeVos Visits Wisconsin Schools after Siphoning $$$ from Them

Betsy DeVos

by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director

July 24, 2018

Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, has some gall! She’s in Wisconsin today to visit public schools in Adams-Friendship after the organization she founded has spent millions of dollars devastating our public schools.

WMC Gives $1M+ to Outside Electioneering Group to Back Walker

WMC Headquarters

July 24, 2018

An outside electioneering group that helps elect Republican governors in Wisconsin and throughout the country received nearly $1.9 million from Wisconsin contributors during the first six months of 2018.

2018 Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Topped $5.5M

Justice Behind a Pile of Cash

July 20, 2018

Candidates in last spring’s Wisconsin Supreme Court race and the outside electioneering groups that praised or smeared them spent more than $5.5 million, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

Russian Woman Highlights Walker’s NRA Ties

Pistol with cash

July 17, 2018

Republican Gov. Scott Walker met twice in 2015 with a Russian agent posing as a gun rights activist. The woman, Maria Butina, was arrested Sunday as being part of a plot by Russia to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

AG Candidates Raise Nearly $1.3M in First Half of 2018

Cash Raining Down on Lady Justice

July 19, 2018

Incumbent GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel and his Democratic challenger, Joshua Kaul, raised a total of nearly $1.3 million in the first half of 2018.