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Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Would End Mining Moratorium
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GOP Bill Would End Mining Moratorium

Proposal would open door to copper, lead and zinc mines in the Northwoods.

Campaign Cash: More Republican Dark Money to 527 Groups
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More Republican Dark Money to 527 Groups

GOP donors give $1.2 million, Democrats give $824,000 in first half of 2017.

Campaign Cash: Did Foxconn Lobby Illegally?
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Did Foxconn Lobby Illegally?

Began meeting with state officials in April, didn’t register as lobbyist until August.

Campaign Cash: Walker Signs Koch-Backed Anti-Regulation Law
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Walker Signs Koch-Backed Anti-Regulation Law

State agencies now have less power to protect environment, consumer rights, public health.

Campaign Cash: Who Are State’s Dark Money Leaders?
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Who Are State’s Dark Money Leaders?

MMAC, Chris Abele, liberal Greater Wisconsin Committee lead the way in 2017.

Campaign Cash: How Much Do DOJ Civil Suits Cost?
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How Much Do DOJ Civil Suits Cost?

Bill requires state AG to disclose cost of many suits against federal government.

Campaign Cash: Bill Has $10 Million Giveaway to Fiserv
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Bill Has $10 Million Giveaway to Fiserv

Included in Foxconn bill. Fiserv employees donated $15,400 to state politicians.

Campaign Cash: NRA, Others Want Gun Classes
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NRA, Others Want Gun Classes

Opposed by Madison schools, backed by Bear Hunters Association.

Campaign Cash: 34% of Walker Donations From Outside State
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34% of Walker Donations From Outside State

Analysis of his 2017 fundraising shows 31 people gave $20,000 each.

Campaign Cash: $8.5 Million Reasons Why GOP Expanding Vouchers
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$8.5 Million Reasons Why GOP Expanding Vouchers

Multi millions in campaign donations, mostly from out-of-state voucher supporters.

Campaign Cash: Superintendent’s Race Cost $1 Million
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Superintendent’s Race Cost $1 Million

More than three-fourths of money spent to reelect Tony Evers.

Campaign Cash: $1 Million Donated to Walker-Led Group
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$1 Million Donated to Walker-Led Group

10 state donors funnel cash with no limits to GOP candidates for governor.

Campaign Cash: Democrats’ Bill Requires More Campaign Disclosure
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Democrats’ Bill Requires More Campaign Disclosure

Committees, corporations required to disclose any spending on ads within 60 days of elections.

Campaign Cash: Vos Goads WMC for Their Roads Plan
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Vos Goads WMC for Their Roads Plan

Business group's lobbying killed trucks fee, leaving roads budget still far short.

Campaign Cash: Hospitals Group Pays for Capitol Clout
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Hospitals Group Pays for Capitol Clout

Wisconsin Hospital Association spends millions on lobbying, campaign donations.

Campaign Cash: Fireworks Industry Has Capitol Clout
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Fireworks Industry Has Capitol Clout

Bipartisan donations help pass laws expanding fireworks use in state.

Campaign Cash: Bill Expands Winery Retail Hours
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Bill Expands Winery Retail Hours

It pits Koch Brothers and Farm Bureau (supporters) against Tavern League (opposed).

Campaign Cash: Fish Farm Regulations Reduced
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Fish Farm Regulations Reduced

Walker signs bill big business lobbied for and environmentalists opposed.

Campaign Cash: Anthem Insurance Likes Republicans
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Anthem Insurance Likes Republicans

Pulling out of Obamacare, giving almost $175,000 to GOP politicians.

Campaign Cash: Walker Loves Ashley Furniture
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Walker Loves Ashley Furniture

Company gets a state grant, and he gets big campaign donations.

Campaign Cash: GOP Considers Heavy Fees for Trucks
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GOP Considers Heavy Fees for Trucks

Trucking lobby opposes solution to transportation shortfall.

Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Allows No License Bakeries
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GOP Bill Allows No License Bakeries

Part of ALEC agenda to reduced licensing requirements for barbers, cosmetologists, etc.

Campaign Cash: Koch-Funded Group Backs Tax Cut
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Koch-Funded Group Backs Tax Cut

Cut could reduce state forestry funding.

Campaign Cash: Walker Signs High-Capacity Wells Bill
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Walker Signs High-Capacity Wells Bill

Good for powerful agriculture interests, bad for the environment.

Campaign Cash: WMC Wants Another Business Tax Break
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WMC Wants Another Business Tax Break

Bill increases construction industry tax exemption; pushed by legislator whose business will benefit.

Campaign Cash: How MMAC Peddles Influence
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How MMAC Peddles Influence

Milwaukee business group has spent $2.4 million on campaigns and lobbying.

Campaign Cash: Sand Plant Will Destroy Rare Wetlands
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Sand Plant Will Destroy Rare Wetlands

Approved by DNR. Law firm pushing for it generous to Walker.

Campaign Cash: MillerCoors Loves Scott Walker
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MillerCoors Loves Scott Walker

He gets $72,000 from its employees and $32,000 from Mills Fleet Farm.

Campaign Cash: Walker Gets $51,000 From Six Companies
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Walker Gets $51,000 From Six Companies

And they get $25 million in grants, credits from WEDC.

Kochs Big Donors to Colleges

Kochs Big Donors to Colleges

Giving more than $1 million to state's public, private colleges.

Campaign Cash: Bill Buries State Regulations
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Bill Buries State Regulations

After 7 years they would expire. Kochs and WMC back the bill.

Campaign Cash: Fish Farm Regulations Rolled Back
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Fish Farm Regulations Rolled Back

Big business lobby wants it, legislature approves it, will Walker sign it?

Campaign Cash: Child Labor Law Passes
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Child Labor Law Passes

Teen work permits without parental okay approved. Will Walker sign it?

Campaign Cash: Businesses Want Wealthy Tax Cut
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Businesses Want Wealthy Tax Cut

Bill gives $519 million in tax cuts to millionaires. MMAC favors it.

Campaign Cash: Ag Interests Want Legalized Hemp
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Ag Interests Want Legalized Hemp

Farm groups back bill, gave legislators $1.3 million.

Campaign Cash: Bill Ends Chain Store Tax Loophole
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Bill Ends Chain Store Tax Loophole

Proposed by GOP legislators, opposed by business lobbyists.

Campaign Cash: A Special Bill for Special Interests
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A Special Bill for Special Interests

They dole out $30 million on candidates, get a bill cutting regulations on businesses.

Campaign Cash: Koch-Backed Texas Group Lobbies Here
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Koch-Backed Texas Group Lobbies Here

With $73 million in funding, it lobbies for long list of conservative causes.

Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Targets Local Wheel Taxes
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GOP Bill Targets Local Wheel Taxes

100 proposals restricting local governance passed since 2011.

Campaign Cash: Bear Hunters Association Has Big Clout
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Bear Hunters Association Has Big Clout

Donated $369,000, wants less rules on guns, no photos of hunters.

Campaign Cash: Bill Goes Easy on Business Polluters
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Bill Goes Easy on Business Polluters

And manufacturers donate to legislators pushing the proposal.

Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Repeals Minimum Markup
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GOP Bill Repeals Minimum Markup

But business, tourism interests back current law on "unfair sales."

Campaign Cash: WMC Opposes Lead Pipes Bill
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WMC Opposes Lead Pipes Bill

Business lobbyist opposes loans to homeowners to replace pipes.

Campaign Cash: That’s a Whole Lot of Manure
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That’s a Whole Lot of Manure

55 million gallons per year from one mega farm; $75,000 to politicians.

Campaign Cash: Health Care Bigwigs Give Walker $44,000
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Health Care Bigwigs Give Walker $44,000

Walker budget spends on medical education, health programs.

Campaign Cash: Kochs Support Prevailing Wage Bill
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Kochs Support Prevailing Wage Bill

GOP bill pushed by ALEC and group's treasurer, Sen Leah Vukmir.

Bill Restricts Election Recounts

Bill Restricts Election Recounts

Inspired by Jill Stein recount, would make state more restrictive than most.

Campaign Cash: Legislators Dump 83 Walker Policies
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Legislators Dump 83 Walker Policies

No such action in 25 years. Many of budget items sought by special interests.

Campaign Cash: Referendums Voted Against Citizens United
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Referendums Voted Against Citizens United

105 communities with 48% of state’s voters have now voted to overturn Supreme Court decision.

Campaign Cash: Accused Insurer Is Big Campaign Donor
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Accused Insurer Is Big Campaign Donor

UnitedHealth Group accused of Medicaid fraud, gave $42,000 to state politicians.

Campaign Cash: Farm Bureau Has Capitol Clout
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Farm Bureau Has Capitol Clout

Spends $3 million on lobbying alone, gets policies hurting environment.

Campaign Cash: Regent Nominees Gave Walker $22,550
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Regent Nominees Gave Walker $22,550

The two nominees also gave more than $64,000 to other candidates.

Campaign Cash: NRA Wants Guns Without Permits
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NRA Wants Guns Without Permits

More than 40 GOP legislators back bill, received NRA donations.

Campaign Cash: Liberal Group Spends $225,000 on Evers
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Liberal Group Spends $225,000 on Evers

Greater Wisconsin Committee buying TV ads in Milwaukee, Green Bay areas.

Campaign Cash: Top Donors to Superintendent Candidates
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Top Donors to Superintendent Candidates

Unions love incumbent Evers; corporate leaders back Holtz.

Campaign Cash: Democrats File Complaint Against Gableman
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Democrats File Complaint Against Gableman

Claiming he violated code of conduct by helping Republican fundraiser.

Campaign Cash: Bill Reveals School Voucher Costs
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Bill Reveals School Voucher Costs

Democratic bill says property tax bills must show cost to local school district.

Campaign Cash: Corporations Gave $1.3 Million to Politicians
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Corporations Gave $1.3 Million to Politicians

Allowed by new state law. $827,000 given to state GOP, $479,000 to Democrats.

Campaign Cash: Bill Targets Business Grantees
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Bill Targets Business Grantees

Bipartisan bill fines or jails businesses who cheat state on WEDC grants.

Campaign Cash: Illegal Funding By Democratic Group?
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Illegal Funding By Democratic Group?

WDC files complaint against Assembly group for violating campaign finance law.

Campaign Cash: Budget Has Millions in Tax Breaks
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Budget Has Millions in Tax Breaks

Breaks go to special interest groups who donated $10.2 million to Walker.

Wis. Democracy Campaign Files Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Dean Knudson
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Wis. Democracy Campaign Files Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Dean Knudson

“The creation of the Wisconsin Liberty Fund, an express advocacy PAC by a sitting legislator, is patently illegal.”

Corporations Pour Money Into State Politics

Corporations Pour Money Into State Politics

They spend nearly $300,000 in first four months of 2016 to elect favored candidates.

Wis. Nonprofits Want US Dept. of Justice to Challenge Voter ID Law
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Wis. Nonprofits Want US Dept. of Justice to Challenge Voter ID Law

They Cite Recent Evidence of “Racist Intent”

Wis. Repubs Try to Crush Voter Registration Drives. Urgent: Block SB 295!
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Wis. Repubs Try to Crush Voter Registration Drives. Urgent: Block SB 295!

It would make it impossible to conduct voter registration drives.

3 DA’s Appeal John Doe
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3 DA’s Appeal John Doe

“This is great news for anyone who is concerned about money in politics,” said Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Wisconsin State Supreme Court Out of Order on John Doe II!
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Wisconsin State Supreme Court Out of Order on John Doe II!

“This is a corrupt, rigged, and renegade court,” said Matt Rothschild.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Supports Iowa-Model Redistricting Reform
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Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Supports Iowa-Model Redistricting Reform

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign endorses Senate Bill 58 and Assembly Bill 328.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Condemns State Supreme Court Ruling in John Doe II
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Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Condemns State Supreme Court Ruling in John Doe II

“It is not only regrettable; it is downright dangerous,” said Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Walker Campaign Finance Report Riddled with Errors
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Walker Campaign Finance Report Riddled with Errors

The Democracy Campaign filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board.