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Nancy MacLean’s Dire Warning

May 4, 2018

Our democracy is at a “historic turning point,” said Nancy MacLean, the author of “Democracy in Chains,” last night in Madison, where she was the keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign’s annual celebration.

The Duke University historian likened our current situation to two other perilous periods in U.S. history: the Civil War and the 1930s. In both those periods, she said, “the property supremacists” were trying to prevail over the advocates of democracy.

Today, the Koch Brothers and their big-donor network represent those who value property rights over democratic rights.

New GOP Law May Increase Water Pollution, Flooding in Some Communities

April 26, 2018

Developers and other special interests were behind a new state law that cuts the amount of storm water runoff that local governments may regulate.

New State Law Prohibits Communities From Regulating Drones

April 20, 2018

A new state law approved by the GOP-controlled legislature and Republican Gov. Scott Walker prevents communities from regulating drones.

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.