Personnel File

Matt Rothschild

Matt Rothschild, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Content referencing Matt Rothschild

Op Ed: Disclose All Donations to Judges
Op Ed

Disclose All Donations to Judges

Bill requires prompt disclosure of donations by parties to a case.

Op Ed: High Court Wrongly Rejects Recusal
Op Ed

High Court Wrongly Rejects Recusal

Dumps proposal by 54 retired judges, assures big money influence.

Campaign Cash: Walker Would End State Property Insurance
Campaign Cash

Walker Would End State Property Insurance

Local governments then must buy from private insurers, who donated to Walker

Murphy’s Law: Pat Roggensack On the Warpath
Murphy’s Law

Pat Roggensack On the Warpath

Supreme Court chief justice slams Journal Sentinel, Janine Geske, and others.

Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Bars Abortions by UW Doctors
Campaign Cash

GOP Bill Bars Abortions by UW Doctors

UW doctors under contract with Planned Parenthood targeted.

The State of Politics: How Legislature Rigged the Game
The State of Politics

How Legislature Rigged the Game

2015 campaign finance law gives more power to wealthy and corporations.

Campaign Cash: $28 Million Spent on 2016 Legislative Races
Campaign Cash

$28 Million Spent on 2016 Legislative Races

A new record, 66% more than 2014, huge special interest spending.

In Remembrance: The Legacy of Ed Garvey
In Remembrance

The Legacy of Ed Garvey

A corporate dragon-slayer, the Wisconsin Democrat helped pave the way for Bernie Sanders.

Campaign Cash: For-Profit Colleges Love Walker
Campaign Cash

For-Profit Colleges Love Walker

They give him $56,000 campaign cash, he wants to kill state watchdog over colleges.

Campaign Cash: Mega Farms Are Big Political Donors
Campaign Cash

Mega Farms Are Big Political Donors

And their high capacity wells are draining rivers and lakes in state.

Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Penalizes Sanctuary Cities
Campaign Cash

GOP Bill Penalizes Sanctuary Cities

Milwaukee and Madison won’t change immigration policies, would be fined.

Campaign Cash: How Realtors Association Gains Clout
Campaign Cash

How Realtors Association Gains Clout

$10 million in campaign donations, heavy lobbying wins it favored legislation.

Campaign Cash: Michigan Donors Get State Contract
Campaign Cash

Michigan Donors Get State Contract

$42,500 for Walker concealed donors' identities, traced to company getting contract.

Campaign Cash: Kochs, Big Business Back Anti-Union Bill
Campaign Cash

Kochs, Big Business Back Anti-Union Bill

They spent $24 million on campaigns. Bill targets union construction projects.

The State of Politics: Walker Has Raised $100 Million
The State of Politics

Walker Has Raised $100 Million

Plus $45 million from third-party groups. All since 2009.

Campaign Cash: Bill Would Benefit Special Interests
Campaign Cash

Bill Would Benefit Special Interests

GOP legislators get $325,000 from special interests; would kill state rules.

Op Ed: GOP Attacks Threaten UW Free Speech
Op Ed

GOP Attacks Threaten UW Free Speech

Liberal and conservative professors, students must be able to discuss any issues.

Op Ed: The Pro-Pollution Legislators
Op Ed

The Pro-Pollution Legislators

Tiffany and Jarchow get big payoffs from special interests, and rural folks get tainted drinking water.

Campaign Cash: WMC, Big Agriculture Pushes to Privatize DNR
Campaign Cash

WMC, Big Agriculture Pushes to Privatize DNR

They spent more than $47 million on campaigns and DNR becomes passive on pollution.

Campaign Cash: Who Runs the Jobs First Coalition?
Campaign Cash

Who Runs the Jobs First Coalition?

It’s spent $1 million on elections, was started by Scott Jensen, mostly targets Democrats.

Court Watch: Supreme Court Limits 4th Amendment Rights?
Court Watch

Supreme Court Limits 4th Amendment Rights?

Decision gives police leeway on home searches; Justice Bradley joins liberals in dissent.

Campaign Cash: Special Interests Spend $9 Million on Legislative Races
Campaign Cash

Special Interests Spend $9 Million on Legislative Races

Led by Greater Wisconsin Committee, Democratic-leaning groups spent more, 53% of money.

Op-Ed: All the Way With the WMC
Op-Ed

All the Way With the WMC

Wisconsin Manufacturers honors 65 legislators who followed their dictates on 100% of votes.

Op-Ed: Wisconsin Open for Bribery
Op-Ed

Wisconsin Open for Bribery

State Ethics Commission allows GOP legislator to create his own PAC, ignoring “bright line” in the law.

Murphy’s Law: 13 Lessons The Guardian Taught Us
Murphy’s Law

13 Lessons The Guardian Taught Us

Or how Scott Walker corrupted Wisconsin, as the leaked Doe documents reveal.

Op-Ed: Supreme Court Decision a Gift to Walker
Op-Ed

Supreme Court Decision a Gift to Walker

Decision not to hear John Doe case a blow to democracy and legal precedent.

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

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.”

Op-Ed: Schimel’s Southern Strategy on Voter Rights
Op-Ed

Schimel’s Southern Strategy on Voter Rights

His “states rights” argument echoes segregationists like George Wallace, gets rejected.

Murphy’s Law: The Plot Thickens In John Doe
Murphy’s Law

The Plot Thickens In John Doe

Did State Supreme Court try to sabotage appeal of its Doe ruling to US Supreme Court?

Op-Ed: High Court Likely To Hear Doe Appeal
Op-Ed

High Court Likely To Hear Doe Appeal

Scalia's death means Supreme Court's four liberals could accept case, can't be outvoted.

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

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

It would make it impossible to conduct voter registration drives.

“Public Telling” Highlights Opposition, Solutions to Big Money Dominance in Elections
Press Release

“Public Telling” Highlights Opposition, Solutions to Big Money Dominance in Elections

On 6th Anniversary of Citizens United Ruling, Wisconsin Should Move Towards Real Reform

Schools Challenged by Declining State Aid

Schools Challenged by Declining State Aid

State aid to schools declined by $1.1 billion under Walker; choice funding rose by 77%.

3 DA’s Appeal John Doe
Press Release

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.

Chisholm Considering Appeal of John Doe Ruling

Chisholm Considering Appeal of John Doe Ruling

Four DAs discussing whether to appeal state high court decision to U.S. Supreme Court.

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

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

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

Will Any DA Appeal High Court John Doe Ruling?

Will Any DA Appeal High Court John Doe Ruling?

Court “fires” chief prosecutor, Democracy Campaign calls on other prosecutors to appeal decision

Berceau, Public Interest Groups Offer Bill to Shine Light on Big Money in Campaigns
Press Release

Berceau, Public Interest Groups Offer Bill to Shine Light on Big Money in Campaigns

Berceau noted that no one is asking for more secret, unlimited corporate money in elections.

Murphy’s Law: How Dark Money Will Rule Wisconsin
Murphy’s Law

How Dark Money Will Rule Wisconsin

Two Republican bills about to pass could make this a vassal state of wealthy special interests.

Your Right to Know: Follow The Money
Your Right to Know

Follow The Money

Campaign finance bill will make it much tougher to identify what special interests are supporting politicians.

Op-Ed: How GOP Misread Campaign Finance Law
Op-Ed

How GOP Misread Campaign Finance Law

Republicans' proposed changes to law violate -- grossly -- Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Supports Iowa-Model Redistricting Reform
Press Release

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Supports Iowa-Model Redistricting Reform

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

$1,000 Per Hour Lobbyists Roam Capitol

$1,000 Per Hour Lobbyists Roam Capitol

WDC analysis finds 47 groups spent at least that lobbying legislators in Madison.

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

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.

Campaign Finance Laws Will Be Rewritten

Campaign Finance Laws Will Be Rewritten

Court decisions have made them outdated. Some fear new rules will allow unlimited spending.

Controversy Over Assembly Members Per Diems

Controversy Over Assembly Members Per Diems

Is the 56% increase in legislators' daily expenses "outrageous" or overdue?