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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

Approved

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

Checkbook

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

Calendar

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.

Dem Electioneering Groups in Wisconsin Raise 5X More than GOP Groups in First Half of 2019

Party Share of Cheese Wheel

August 23, 2019

Pro-Democratic electioneering groups in Wisconsin raised five times as much as their Republican counterparts in the first half of 2019. All told, three dozen special interest groups that raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to influence state and federal elections received nearly $3.2 million from Wisconsin contributors during this period, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

Republican Lawmakers Led Fundraising in First Six Months of 2019

Democratic Donkey and Republican Elephant Atop Cash

August 15, 2019

Legislators and legislative fundraising committees raised $2.2 million between January and June 2019.

Influence Peddler of the Month – Wisconsin Education Association Council

WEAC

August 1, 2019

Though sharply hobbled by a GOP anti-union law known as Act 10, the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) remains among the top special interest campaign contributors to Democrats and liberal candidates in state elections.

GOP Accepts Bulk of Corporate Contributions in First Half of 2019

Business

July 23, 2019

Corporate contributions to the state GOP and two Republican legislative campaign committees were nearly five times higher than the corporate contributions to their Democratic counterparts during the first six months of 2019.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign on Gov’s Veto Power

Vetoed

July 18, 2019

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign has long maintained that the veto power in the hands of the Wisconsin governor is excessive and is contrary to how the legislative process should work in a democracy.

2019 Supreme Court Race Cost Record $8.2 Million+

Justice Hidden by Cash

July 17, 2019

Candidates and outside special interest groups spent a record of more than $8.2 million in last spring’s Wisconsin Supreme Court race, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

Call To Action: 3 Things You Can Do to Ban Gerrymandering in Wisconsin

Fair Maps

July 11, 2019

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court abdicated its responsibility to ban partisan gerrymandering, it’s now up to all of us, here in Wisconsin, to solve this problem ourselves.

PAC, Corporate Contributions Hit Record $27M

Hundered Dollar Bills

July 2, 2019

Contributions from special interest political action committees (PACs) and corporations soared to a record of more than $27 million in 2018, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

Influence Peddler of the Month – Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

Planned Parenthood Logo

July 1, 2019

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, which provides reproductive and other health care services and education, has spent more than $3.4 million on lobbying and electioneering activities in Wisconsin elections, through its electoral arm, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin.

Tesla Gets Help from Assembly GOP Budget Changes

Tesla car recharging

June 26, 2019

GOP Assembly lawmakers added a provision to the proposed state budget that makes it easier for Tesla Motors, which has made more than $28,000 in corporate and individual campaign contributions to legislative fundraising committees, to sell cars in Wisconsin.

GOP Lawmakers Received Millions from Real Estate Industry Amid Landlord Bills

Real Estate Game Board

June 18, 2019

Republican legislative and statewide candidates accepted nearly $5.8 million in campaign contributions from the real estate industry while the GOP-controlled legislature approved a batch of bills that favored landlords over tenants.