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Campaign Cash: Six Wealthy Donors Give GOP $255,000
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Six Wealthy Donors Give GOP $255,000

In just two weeks, given to state Republican Party, all but one donor from outside state.

Campaign Cash: Unions Go Big for Mahlon Mitchell
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Unions Go Big for Mahlon Mitchell

No candidate got more from outside groups, who spent $412,300 on Democratic candidate for governor.

Campaign Cash: Out-of-State Money Backs AG Candidates
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Out-of-State Money Backs AG Candidates

In July, about half of the largest contributors to candidates came from outside of Wisconsin.

Campaign Cash: State Parties Breaking Fundraising Records
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State Parties Breaking Fundraising Records

$4.9 million raised for campaigns in first half of 2018; GOP gets 23% more than Democrats.

Campaign Cash: Foxconn Bid Winners Donate $68,000 to Walker
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Foxconn Bid Winners Donate $68,000 to Walker

One-third of three dozen companies winning contracts give to Walker’s campaign.

Campaign Cash: WMC Loves Republican Governors Group
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WMC Loves Republican Governors Group

State’s big business group gives most of the $1.9 million from state donors to GOP campaign group.

Campaign Cash: AG Race Attracts $1.3 Million in Six Months
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AG Race Attracts $1.3 Million in Six Months

Challenger Kaul raised nearly as much as incumbent Schimel in first half of 2018.

Campaign Cash: Russian Operative Highlights Walker’s NRA Ties
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Russian Operative Highlights Walker’s NRA Ties

Gun lobby has given Walker $3.5 million; he’s rewarded them with pro-gun legislation.

Campaign Cash: Walker Gets Donation From Tainted Texas Firm
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Walker Gets Donation From Tainted Texas Firm

Accepts $2,700 from Texas company advising state investment board; donation violates SEC rules.

Campaign Cash: State Writes Off Shady $1.1 Million Loan
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State Writes Off Shady $1.1 Million Loan

Convicted fraudster Ron Van Den Heuvel, a generous GOP donor, defrauded state agency.

Campaign Cash: High Court Favors Donors to Justices
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High Court Favors Donors to Justices

Conservative justices decide malpractice case in favor of business groups who gave them $37,000.

Campaign Cash: National Democratic Group Impacts State
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National Democratic Group Impacts State

Run by Eric Holder, with money from George Soros and AFSCME.

Campaign Cash: Foxconn Winners Give Big to Walker
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Foxconn Winners Give Big to Walker

Owners, employees of companies chosen to construct Foxconn plant give him $180,000.

Campaign Cash: Trump Fundraiser Hosted by Walker Crony
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Trump Fundraiser Hosted by Walker Crony

Milwaukee businessman Ted Kellner hosted luncheon fundraiser at Pfister Hotel.

Campaign Cash: Harley Gave Generously to Republicans
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Harley Gave Generously to Republicans

So did Sartori Foods. Both now hurt by Trump tariffs.

Campaign Cash: Road Companies Give $221,200 to Walker
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Road Companies Give $221,200 to Walker

9 of 15 companies just picked to rebuild I-94 donate to governor’s campaign.

Campaign Cash: Outside Groups Spend $4 Million on State Elections
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Outside Groups Spend $4 Million on State Elections

Leading spenders are liberal Greater Wisconsin Committee and two conservative groups.

No Choice in 36% of Legislative Races

No Choice in 36% of Legislative Races

Gerrymandering and decline in number of candidates leaves 2.5 million residents with no choice.

Campaign Cash: Big Donors Get Big Tax Breaks
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Big Donors Get Big Tax Breaks

Corporate welfare recipients contributed more than $800,000 to Gov. Walker.

Campaign Cash: Out of District Money Pours into Special Elections
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Out of District Money Pours into Special Elections

87% of 42nd district candidate Jon Plumer's contributions are from outside of the district.

Campaign Cash: Spending Tops $1.2 Million on Two Special Elections
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Spending Tops $1.2 Million on Two Special Elections

In the 1st Senate District race alone seven special interest groups spent a total of $700,000.

Campaign Cash: High Court Approves New Factory Farm
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High Court Approves New Factory Farm

Factory farm had backing from large GOP contributors.

Campaign Cash: Special Election Spending Builds
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Special Election Spending Builds

In one race, Democratic groups are outspending a Republican group at almost 2-to-1.

Campaign Cash: Dem Groups Pour Money Into Special Elections
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Dem Groups Pour Money Into Special Elections

League of Conservation Voters PAC is spending $170,750 supporting Democrat Caleb Frostman

Campaign Cash: WMC Brags About Legislative Victories
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WMC Brags About Legislative Victories

Such as repealing the metallic mining moratorium, and approving a $3 billion subsidy for Foxconn.

Campaign Cash: State Politicians Funded by Accused Drug Makers
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State Politicians Funded by Accused Drug Makers

Drug companies sued for pushing opioids donated $39,000 to Walker, legislators.

Campaign Cash: State Investigating Big Walker Donor
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State Investigating Big Walker Donor

The sand mining company dumped 10 million gallons of sludge into Trempealeau River.

Campaign Cash: GOP Not Backing Republican Legislator
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GOP Not Backing Republican Legislator

Rep. Andre Jacque running for 1st Senate seat, but GOP backing newcomer Alex Renard.

Campaign Cash: Dark Money Funds Special Election
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Dark Money Funds Special Election

GOP primary for state's 1st Senate District attracts independent expenditures.

Campaign Cash: Judge Nixes Permit for Sand Mine
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Judge Nixes Permit for Sand Mine

Sand-processing plant would destroy wetland. Its owner donated to state Republican Party.

Campaign Cash: Greater Wisconsin Committee Spends Big
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Greater Wisconsin Committee Spends Big

But the liberal group has mostly lost in elections since 2010.

Campaign Cash: New Law Could Increase Pollution, Flooding
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New Law Could Increase Pollution, Flooding

Special interest-backed GOP bill restricts local government regulations of storm water runoff.

Campaign Cash: Slag Is No Longer Considered Waste
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Slag Is No Longer Considered Waste

Law backed by WMC, signed by Walker, lets waste byproduct of steel and iron evade rules.

Campaign Cash: No, You Can’t Regulate Drones
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No, You Can’t Regulate Drones

New state law backed by Milwaukee business group prevents local governments from regulating drones.

Campaign Cash: Meet the State’s Top 100 Political Donors
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Meet the State’s Top 100 Political Donors

Led by Diane Hendricks (GOP) and Chris Abele (Democrat); who are the other 98?

Campaign Cash: Walker Signs Restrictions on Pro-Worker Rules
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Walker Signs Restrictions on Pro-Worker Rules

Law restricting local governments backed by Koch Brothers, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

Campaign Cash: Walker Signs Bill Sought By Landlords
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Walker Signs Bill Sought By Landlords

Lessens tenant rights and overthrows host of local government controls on rental properties.

Campaign Cash: Democratic Group Books $500,000 TV Ads
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Democratic Group Books $500,000 TV Ads

All for governors race. Falls far short of planned ads for Walker.

Campaign Cash: Robin Vos’s Title Loan Trip Troubles
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Robin Vos’s Title Loan Trip Troubles

Company pays for his trip to London, he backs less regulations on its high interest loans.

Campaign Cash: Supreme Court Race Spending Topped $3 Million
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Supreme Court Race Spending Topped $3 Million

And that’s just outside spending, which was nearly even for Screnock and Dallet.

Campaign Cash: Walker Gets $5.1 Million Boost
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Walker Gets $5.1 Million Boost

Republican Governors Association books $5.1 million of TV ads to support Gov. Walker's reelection.

Campaign Cash: Big Donations for Anti-Abortion Law
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Big Donations for Anti-Abortion Law

Walker and Republicans got more than $200,000 in donations.

Campaign Cash: New Law Restricts Civil Lawsuits
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New Law Restricts Civil Lawsuits

Backed by long list of special interests, led by mega-campaign donor WMC.

Campaign Cash: Republican Governors Group Has State Clout
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Republican Governors Group Has State Clout

The DC-based association gets Wisconsin donors, gave $18 million to Walker’s three elections.

Campaign Cash: Outside Groups Spend $2.2 Million on High Court
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Outside Groups Spend $2.2 Million on High Court

WMC and Greater Wisconsin are biggest spenders on Supreme Court race.

Campaign Cash: Big Polluters Are Big Campaign Donors
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Big Polluters Are Big Campaign Donors

List of top polluting contributors is led by We Energies.

Campaign Cash: Screnock Outspending Dallet in Court Race
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Screnock Outspending Dallet in Court Race

Together two candidates’ campaigns spending $1.2 million

Campaign Cash: GOP’s Favorite Sand Mining Company
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GOP’s Favorite Sand Mining Company

Assembly Republicans have twice passed a bill exempting a Georgia company from state law.

Campaign Cash: Bill Restricts Civil Lawsuits
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Bill Restricts Civil Lawsuits

Backed by many special interests; statute of limitations for suits reduced from six to three years.

Campaign Cash: Koch-Backed Bill Guts Local Control
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Koch-Backed Bill Guts Local Control

Bars local governments from setting many labor and employment rules.

Campaign Cash: Legislators Pass Law to Benefit Landlords
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Legislators Pass Law to Benefit Landlords

Overturns city regulations on landlords, reduces tenant rights.

Campaign Cash: Corporate Campaign Donations Topped $1 Million
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Corporate Campaign Donations Topped $1 Million

All spent in 2017, with 7-to-1 edge for Republicans, who legalized corporate giving in 2015.

Campaign Cash: Walker Backs Off on Marine Sanctuary
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Walker Backs Off on Marine Sanctuary

Would have preserved stretch of Lake Michigan, but Koch activist opposes it.

Campaign Cash: Legislators’ Donations Up 40% in 2017
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Legislators’ Donations Up 40% in 2017

Most of it to Republicans, who have 3.2 times more campaign cash than Democrats.

Campaign Cash: GOP Legislative Committees Swamp Democrats
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GOP Legislative Committees Swamp Democrats

Republicans raised $1.9 million vs. $900,000 for Democratic legislative committees in 2017.

Campaign Cash: WMC Backs Kimberly-Clark Subsidy
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WMC Backs Kimberly-Clark Subsidy

Business lobbying group and Kimberly-Clark have both donated to Walker.

Campaign Cash: GOP Far Outspends Democrats on 527 Groups
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GOP Far Outspends Democrats on 527 Groups

Republicans raised $2.8 million, Democrats $1.7 million in 2017.

Campaign Cash: The Unlimited Cash Campaign Groups
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The Unlimited Cash Campaign Groups

527 groups can spend freely, led by MMAC, Chris Abele and Potawatomi.

Campaign Cash: State Okays Park Land for Golf Course
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State Okays Park Land for Golf Course

Course owner, industrialist Herbert Kohler, gave $400,000 to Walker, other Republicans.

Campaign Cash: How Americans for Prosperity Wins
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How Americans for Prosperity Wins

Koch-funded group gives huge campaign donations, has gotten long list of bills passed.

Campaign Cash: The Mystery of Meteor Timber
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The Mystery of Meteor Timber

GOP bill would let company destroy hardwood wetlands, but the money trail is murky.

Campaign Cash: Assembly Approves Rollback of Wetlands Protection
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Assembly Approves Rollback of Wetlands Protection

Bill backed by WMC, Kochs, could destroy 1 million acres of wetlands.

Campaign Cash: Wealthy Donors Give Big to GOP Group
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Wealthy Donors Give Big to GOP Group

Gave $1.7 million in 2017 to Republican Governors Association, a huge donor to Walker.

Campaign Cash: Republican Party is Screnock’s Top Donor
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Republican Party is Screnock’s Top Donor

Dallet and Burns have no donations from two parties in state Supreme Court race.

Campaign Cash: Dark Money Targets Supreme Court Race
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Dark Money Targets Supreme Court Race

Secretive Wisconsin Alliance for Reform will do ads, has connections to GOP, Koch Brothers.

Campaign Cash: Kimberly-Clark Donated to Walker, Legislators
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Kimberly-Clark Donated to Walker, Legislators

Paper industry gave $225,000. Walker wants state handout to Kimberly Clark.

Campaign Cash: Walker Signs Law Favoring Utilities
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Walker Signs Law Favoring Utilities

Less power for consumers in rate disputes. Utility industry gave $2.1 million to state politicians.

Campaign Cash: National Group Has Huge Clout in Wisconsin
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National Group Has Huge Clout in Wisconsin

Virginia-based Republican State Leadership Committee spent $2.9 million to elect conservatives here.

Campaign Cash: Bill Would Shine Light on ALEC
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Bill Would Shine Light on ALEC

Right-wing group would have to register as lobbyist, disclose its payments to legislators.

Campaign Cash: Hendricks Family Gives Walker $80,000
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Hendricks Family Gives Walker $80,000

That’s in addition to more than half a million Diane Hendricks gave to date.

Campaign Cash: 1 in 3 of Walker’s Donations from Out of State
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1 in 3 of Walker’s Donations from Out of State

$2.4 million of $7.2 million raised in 2017 from outside Wisconsin.

Campaign Cash: Landlords Win in the Assembly
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Landlords Win in the Assembly

Bills makes evictions easier. Real estate industry gave $1.2 million to GOP legislators.

Campaign Cash: State Campaigns’ Cost Up 550% Since 1990
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State Campaigns’ Cost Up 550% Since 1990

From governor down to legislators, total cost was $9.2 million, rose to $61.2 million by 2014.

Campaign Cash: Walker Donor Given State Park Land
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Walker Donor Given State Park Land

State approves giving Herbert Kohler lakeshore parkland for his golf course.

Campaign Cash: GOP Has Cash Edge in 10th Senate Race
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GOP Has Cash Edge in 10th Senate Race

Republican Jarchow raised more, has more dark money than Democrat Schachtner.

GOP Legislative Districts Heavily White

GOP Legislative Districts Heavily White

Republican assembly districts are up to 96% white, senate districts as high as 95% white.

Campaign Cash: Republican Bills Prohibit Local Labor Rules
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Republican Bills Prohibit Local Labor Rules

WMC and Kochs favor overriding long list of local government laws.

Campaign Cash: How Wealthy Are Supreme Court Candidates?
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How Wealthy Are Supreme Court Candidates?

Liberal Burns has most money, conservative Screnock the least.

Campaign Cash: Special Interests Target 10th Senate District
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Special Interests Target 10th Senate District

One Democratic and two Republican groups will run phony issue ads.

Campaign Cash: GOP Lawmaker’s Possible Ethics Violation
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GOP Lawmaker’s Possible Ethics Violation

Ethics Commission finds Rep Kulp uses state media accounts to promote his business.

Campaign Cash: Bill Helps Real Estate Industry
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Bill Helps Real Estate Industry

Weakens historic preservation and tenants rights. Realtors big donors to legislators.

Campaign Cash: WMC Still Leads In Capitol Clout
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WMC Still Leads In Capitol Clout

Massive spending on campaigns and lobbying by state’s biggest business group.

Campaign Cash: Schimel Helps Construction Industry
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Schimel Helps Construction Industry

They gave $169,700 to attorney general; his ruling kills fire safety rule requiring sprinklers.

Campaign Cash: Big Loans Finance Some Legislative Races
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Big Loans Finance Some Legislative Races

Four Republicans in special elections have loaned their campaign most of its money.

Campaign Cash: Republicans Stall “Dark Store” Bill
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Republicans Stall “Dark Store” Bill

Bill opposed by special interests ends loophole lowering big box stores' property taxes.

Campaign Cash: Kwik Trip Cashes in on Walker Support
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Kwik Trip Cashes in on Walker Support

Convenience store chain gave Walker $90,000, got $21 million from state jobs agency.

Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Restricts Suits Against Businesses
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GOP Bill Restricts Suits Against Businesses

Special interests supporting legal restrictions donated $14 million to Republican legislators.

Campaign Cash: Tavern League Has Capitol Clout
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Tavern League Has Capitol Clout

More than $2 million in campaign donations helps explain state’s weaker laws on drunk driving.

Campaign Cash: Bill Repeals Nearly 300 Air Pollution Rules
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Bill Repeals Nearly 300 Air Pollution Rules

Backed by WMC, oil, paper and manufacturing companies.

Campaign Cash: Walker Signs Koch Bills to Loosen Licensing
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Walker Signs Koch Bills to Loosen Licensing

ALEC-developed bills reduce training requirements for barbers, cosmetologists, others.

Campaign Cash: Walker Signs Lax Land Use Law
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Walker Signs Lax Land Use Law

Makes it easier to sell substandard lots. Backed by big business, realtors, Koch group.

Campaign Cash: High Court Candidate Hires Koch Operatives
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High Court Candidate Hires Koch Operatives

Judge Michael Screnock’s Supreme Court campaign hires former execs of Koch-funded groups.

Campaign Cash: Schimel Chats Up Big Donors at Trump Resort
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Schimel Chats Up Big Donors at Trump Resort

Event sponsored by group that gave $300,000 to state campaigns in 2014 election.

Campaign Cash: Sweetheart Bill For Rent-to-Own Industry
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Sweetheart Bill For Rent-to-Own Industry

Two GOP legislators given donations from industry would exempt it from consumer protection laws.

Campaign Cash: New GOP Pro-Mining Group Ran Attack Ads
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New GOP Pro-Mining Group Ran Attack Ads

Natural Resources Development Association did ads attacking mining opponents.

Campaign Cash: Mega-Donors’ Offshore Cash Backed Walker
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Mega-Donors’ Offshore Cash Backed Walker

Paradise Papers show billionaire’s off-shore tax havens donated to Gov. Walker.

Campaign Cash: Bill Would Let Utilities Destroy Wetlands
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Bill Would Let Utilities Destroy Wetlands

They donated $1.9 million to politicians, want bill letting them take over wetlands.

Campaign Cash: Bill Restricts Abortion Coverage for State Workers
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Bill Restricts Abortion Coverage for State Workers

No abortion coverage after rape or incest unless victim reports the crime.

Campaign Cash: Bill Lets Tesla Sell Cars in State
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Bill Lets Tesla Sell Cars in State

Opposed by auto and truck dealers, who’ve donated $1.1 million to state politicians.

Campaign Cash: Gun Lobby Supports Young Hunters
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Gun Lobby Supports Young Hunters

NRA, which has donated millions to state politicians, supports bill eliminating age limit.

Campaign Cash: DNR Opens Huge Forest to ATV Drivers
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DNR Opens Huge Forest to ATV Drivers

200 miles of new routes in North Woods. Big victory for big lobbyist, ATV company Polaris.

Campaign Cash: Koch Brothers Want Less Local Control
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Koch Brothers Want Less Local Control

GOP bill would limit city, county control over substandard lots.

Campaign Cash: DNR Decision Pleases Big Dairy
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DNR Decision Pleases Big Dairy

Settles lawsuit on terms that restrict state oversight of factory farms.

Campaign Cash: Bill Would Change How Coops Operate
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Bill Would Change How Coops Operate

Backed by big donors, agriculture and electric cooperatives and propane dealers.

Campaign Cash: Should State Drop “America’s Dairyland” Slogan?
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Should State Drop “America’s Dairyland” Slogan?

Big bucks WMC wants license plates changed. Big bucks Dairy Business group disagrees.

Capitol Eye: Will “Riot Bill” Threaten Non-Violent Protestors?
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Will “Riot Bill” Threaten Non-Violent Protestors?

Even some GOP legislators have qualms about proposed law.

Campaign Cash: Bipartisan Bill Legalizes Hemp
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Bipartisan Bill Legalizes Hemp

Big farm groups support it, state police chiefs oppose it.

Campaign Cash: Chiropractors Have Capitol Clout
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Chiropractors Have Capitol Clout

Group gave $1.4 million in political donations, pushed one of most heavily lobbied bills.

Campaign Cash: For-Profit Colleges Give $63,000 to Walker
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For-Profit Colleges Give $63,000 to Walker

And his veto eliminates watchdog agency overseeing these colleges.

Campaign Cash: Special Interests Battle Over Workers Comp
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Special Interests Battle Over Workers Comp

Big business group wants bill setting payment rates to health plans, medical society opposed.

Campaign Cash: NRA Gives $3.6 Million to Walker, Legislators
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NRA Gives $3.6 Million to Walker, Legislators

Just one Democrat benefits from gun lobby’s generous donations.

Campaign Cash: Democrat’s Bill Restores Elections Commission Staff
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Democrat’s Bill Restores Elections Commission Staff

Walker used a veto to slash staff of state’s watchdog agency.

Campaign Cash: One Million Acres of Wetlands Endangered
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One Million Acres of Wetlands Endangered

Republican bill backed by big business could eliminate one-fifth of state’s wetlands.

Campaign Cash: Special Interests Like New DNR Appointee
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Special Interests Like New DNR Appointee

GOP Rep. Dan Meyer, new DNR head, has backing of WMC.

Campaign Cash: Airport For GOP Donor’s Resort Gets State Aid
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Airport For GOP Donor’s Resort Gets State Aid

He gives $61,000 to Republicans, they budget $4 million for airport near his golf resort.

Op Ed: Foxconn Deal Suspends Judicial Rules
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Foxconn Deal Suspends Judicial Rules

Proposal allows company to skip lower courts, appeal directly to state Supreme Court.

Campaign Cash: Bill Restricts Local Control Over Sand Mines
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Bill Restricts Local Control Over Sand Mines

Fracking industry donated big money to Walker, GOP legislators.

Campaign Cash: Regents Gave 100 Times More to GOP
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Regents Gave 100 Times More to GOP

UW Regents and spouses gave $214,000 to Republican politicians, $2,050 to Democrats.

Campaign Cash: Construction Industry Has Huge Capitol Clout
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Construction Industry Has Huge Capitol Clout

$11 million political in donations helps get policies to reduce safety measures in buildings.

Campaign Cash: Joint Finance Okays School Choice Expansion
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Joint Finance Okays School Choice Expansion

Powerful voucher lobby, including Betsy DeVos, has spent millions to support state politicians.

Campaign Cash: Business Group Is the Lord of Lobbying
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Business Group Is the Lord of Lobbying

Of 700 lobbyists in 2017, no one spent more than Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

Campaign Cash: GOP Crushes Democrats in Campaign Dollars
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GOP Crushes Democrats in Campaign Dollars

So far in 2017 Republican legislative candidates have 3-1 edge over Democrats.

Campaign Cash: Business Lobby Delays “Dark Stores” Bill?
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Business Lobby Delays “Dark Stores” Bill?

Bill overturns ruling that assesses big-box stores as though they are empty.

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.