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GOP May Consider Heavy Truck Fee to Pay for Roads

A per-mile fee on heavy trucks that could raise more than $250 million in two years has surfaced as a possible funding source to pay for Wisconsin’s transportation budget. But the trucking industry, which has contributed nearly $1.2 million to legislative and statewide candidates, opposes the plan.

Anthem is Wisconsin GOP Booster

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, which just announced it will stop selling health insurance in nearly all Wisconsin marketplaces created by the federal Affordable Care Act, is a big supporter of the Wisconsin GOP.

State Superintendent's Race Cost $1 Million

Spending by the candidates and outside special interest groups in the state school superintendent’s race last spring totaled about $1 million, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

Wisconsin Contributors Gave $2M+ to Electioneering Groups

About 230 Wisconsin contributors gave $2.1 million during the first six months of 2017 to dark money groups that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to influence state and federal elections.

Did Foxconn Violate State Lobby Law?

State lobby law requires businesses, groups and other special interests to register with the state after communicating with state elected officials on proposed rules or legislative bills if they do so on five or more days during a six-month period.

GOP Lawmakers Want to End State's Mining Moratorium

Republican lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill to end the state’s mining moratorium and open the door for copper, lead and zinc mines in Wisconsin.

WMC Tops Lobbying Groups in the First Six Months of 2017

About 700 trade and ideological groups, unions and businesses spent more than $18.8 million lobbying state government during the first six months of 2017.

GOP Candidates Reaped Nearly $2 of Every $3 From Wisconsin ‘Wealth’ Codes

Individuals with Wisconsin zip code addresses who contributed $100 or more a year to partisan legislative and statewide candidates doled out about $136.4 million between 2003 and 2016, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found. About $86.3 million, or 63 percent, of those large individual contributions went to Republican candidates and about $50.1 million, or 37 percent, of the contributions went to Democrats.

Victory for Fair Maps!

In an indication that the tide has turned against gerrymandering in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Counties Association urged the legislature to adopt nonpartisan redistricting.

New Appointee to Elections Commission was Subject of Ethics Complaint

A former Republican Assembly representative whom the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign accused of violating state campaign finance law was named Monday to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Guv, VP to Call on Large Walker Donor

Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Vice President Mike Pence plan to be in Waukesha today to visit a large Walker donor and promote overhauling the nation's tax code.

GOP Bill Would Open Up Thousands of Wetland Acres to Development

A GOP legislative proposal would allow thousands of acres of Wisconsin wetlands to be developed without state scrutiny.

Walker Accepted $63K+ from For-Profit Colleges Before Dumping State Watchdog

Republican Gov. Scott Walker accepted about $63,300 in campaign contributions since January 2010 from for-profit college owners and employees before eliminating a state agency that oversaw the controversial industry.

Lawmakers Consider Bills to Change the Way Coops Operate

Bipartisan bills to allow Wisconsin’s agriculture and electric cooperatives to significantly change the way they operate are moving through the legislature.

Big Special Interests Push Property Rights Over Local Control

Once again, Republicans in the Legislature are trying to take power away from local governments.

GOP Lawmakers Pushing Bill to Help Tesla Sell Cars in Wisconsin

A bill to allow Tesla Motors to open dealerships to sell and service its electric cars in Wisconsin was proposed Wednesday by GOP lawmakers.

Assembly Approves GOP Bill to End Mining Moratorium

Backed by powerful business and rightwing ideological interests, the state Assembly approved a bill Thursday to end Wisconsin’s ban on mining gold, silver, copper and other precious metals, despite longtime concerns about water pollution.

Republican Bill Approved to Restrict Abortion Coverage for State Employees

A GOP bill to sharply restrict abortion coverage for state employees was approved Thursday by the Assembly on a party line vote and sent to the Senate.

Walker Flanked by Big Donors for Reelection Announcement

Republican Gov. Scott Walker kicked off his bid for a third four-year term as governor among some generous GOP campaign contributors.

Utilities Would Be Free to Destroy 9,999 Square Feet of Wetlands

Utilities and power cooperatives are behind bills under consideration Tuesday by the legislature that would allow them to destroy 9,999 acres of wetlands.

GOP Mega-Donors Linked to Offshore Tax Havens Backed Walker

U.S. billionaires identified in recent media accounts for concealing millions of dollars to avoid taxes have contributed nearly $400,000 to GOP legislative and statewide candidates in Wisconsin.

Walker's Order and GOP Bills on BDS Serve Big Donor

 November 14, 2017

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has prohibited the state from doing business with anyone who participates in a boycott against Israel, a move guaranteed to please a Las Vegas casino billionaire who has contributed more than $900,000 to Walker and the state GOP.

Schimel Hobnobs with Big Donors at Trump Resort

Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel spent last weekend rubbing elbows with big campaign donors at a Florida event that was sponsored by an electioneering group that funneled $300,000 into Wisconsin during the 2014 elections.

Court Candidate Hires Former Koch Group Executives as Campaign Advisors

A conservative candidate for an open Wisconsin Supreme Court seat in next spring's elections hired two former executives with the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity as campaign advisors.

WMC Behind Republican Bill to Repeal State Air Pollution Rules

Business, manufacturing, paper and oil interests are backing a GOP bill that would repeal nearly 300 state regulations on air pollutants that are regulated by federal law.