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Citizens United in Wisconsin: A Decade of Disaster

Independent Expenditures for Wisconsin Governor

January 16, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision of 2010 has had a powerful – and profoundly negative – effect on Wisconsin politics.

Koch-backed Bill to Reduce CNA Training Up for Veto Override by GOP Assembly

Child as Nurse

Posted: January 15, 2020
Updated: January 16, 2020 in last paragraph with latest developments

A bill vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers that would have slashed the state’s required training time for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) is up for a veto override on Wednesday in the GOP-controlled Assembly.

Three Candidates on Ballot for Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chambers

Posted: January 8, 2020
Updated: January 9, 2020 to correct financial information in last paragraph

Three candidates will be on the Feb. 18 spring primary ballot for a 10-year seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The top two finishers in the primary will face off in the April general election.

Influence Peddler of the Month – American Transmission Company

January 2, 2020

American Transmission Co. (ATC), which builds and owns high-voltage power lines, is among the top Wisconsin contributors to loosely regulated outside electioneering groups that spend millions to influence state and federal elections in Wisconsin and throughout the country.

Influence Peddler of the Month – Wisconsin Dental Association

Dental Tools

December 2, 2019

This statewide trade group, with 3,100 member dentists, has generated $2.4 million in campaign contributions and spending on lobbying since January 2011.

Top GOP Contributor in Wisconsin Donates to Biden

Joe Biden

November 27, 2019

Two longtime Wisconsin backers of GOP federal and statewide candidates contributed the maximum donations to Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.

Legislators Raised $2 Million in Large Donations from Special Interests During Budget

Handshake Backed by Falling Money

November 22, 2019

Current legislators and legislative fundraising committees accepted $2 million in special interest group contributions during the first half of 2019 when they were considering the proposed 2019-21 state budget.

Evers Signs Felony Trespass Bill into Law

No Trespassing Sign

November 21, 2019

A bill that would make it a felony to trespass on pipeline property or damage gas, oil, and water pipelines was signed into law Wednesday by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

Felony Trespass Bill Goes to Governor

Tresspassers Will Be Prosecuted

November 6, 2019

A bill that would make it a felony to trespass on pipeline property or damage gas, oil, and water pipelines was approved Tuesday by the Senate and now goes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

Influence Peddler of the Month – Wisconsin Insurance Alliance


November 1, 2019

This state trade group for property and casualty insurers spent about $3.4 million on campaign contributions and lobbying the state since 2011 to push about three dozen bills into law that benefited the industry.

Felony Trespass Bills Draw Support from Infrequent Bed Fellows

Trespassers Prosecuted Sign

October 25, 2019

Two bills that would make it a felony to trespass on pipeline property or damage oil, gas, and water pipelines are drawing a host of special interest support, including business and unions, which often butt heads on state policy.

For Evers Special Session on Gun Control, Here’s the NRA in Wisconsin

Gun with padlock

October 21, 2019

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Monday ordered a special session of the GOP-controlled legislature to consider gun control legislation.

Fitz Picks Voter ID Backer, Former RNC Delegate for WI Elections Commission

Wisconsin Elections Commission Logo

October 18, 2019

A supporter of the state’s controversial Voter ID law and former Republican National Committee delegate has been appointed to the state’s partisan elections board.

GOP Megadonors Host VP Pence

Vice President Mike Pence

Updated: October 21, 2019
Posted: October 11, 2019

GOP Megadonors Elizabeth and Richard Uihlein plan to host Republican Vice President Mike Pence at their Wisconsin manufacturing plant.

Gerrymandering Denounced in Marshfield

Marshfield Summit

October 10, 2019

At a press conference this morning in Marshfield, speaker after speaker denounced gerrymandering in Wisconsin and promoted the upcoming Fair Maps for Wisconsin Summit, which will be held in Marshfield on Nov. 9.

Senate Approves Cutting Notice Time for Insurance Policy Changes


October 9, 2019

The state Senate approved a bill on Tuesday that would cut from 60 days to 45 days the advanced notice that insurers are required to give policy holders about premium increases.

WDC Opposes Convention of the States

Wisconsin State Senate Chambers

October 3, 2019

Testimony by Matt Rothschild, Executive Director, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Regarding Senate Joint Resolution 57 (companion to AJR77) before the Senate Committee on Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and Courts

Influence Peddler of the Month – Wisconsin Credit Union League


October 1, 2019

This trade association, which represents about 130 Wisconsin credit unions, was among the top 10 lobby group spenders during the first six months of the year, doling out more than $200,000.

Insurance Industry Supports Time Cut for Policy Notices


Setpember 17, 2019

The insurance industry is backing bills that would cut from 60 days to 45 days the amount of advanced notice that insurers are required to give policy holders about premium increases.

GOP-Controlled Legislature Protects Companies that Don’t Pay Their Workers

Empty Wallet

September 16, 2019

Democratic measures that would sharply increase penalties against employers who fail to pay their workers have seen no action in seven months in the GOP-controlled legislature after opposition by the state’s leading business groups.

Influence Peddler of the Month – Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin

Marsy's Law

September 3, 2019

A group that has spent less than three years lobbying in Wisconsin and only about $1.6 million has scored a rare legislative feat and put a proposed amendment to Wisconsin’s Constitution to a vote by state residents.

Shipbuilder Contributed $15K to Electioneering Group Ahead of $31M State Grants

Fincantieri Marinette Marine

August 26, 2019

A northern Wisconsin shipbuilder contributed $15,000 to a group that helps elect Democratic governors shortly before Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced a plan for $31 million in state support to help the company expand.