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Fri Jul 13, 2012, 07:49 AM

Wisconsin Organizations Push for Election Transparency

Currently, Wisconsin's disclosure laws are like swiss cheese, allowing a variety of corporations to spend millions influencing state elections without telling the people of Wisconsin who is behind them.

"We also can shore up existing limits on campaign contributions directly to candidates by closing obscure loopholes allowing those limits to be circumvented," the letter continues. "And we can give individual citizens a say over how their money is used for political campaigning."

The state's recall statute includes a bizarre provision that allows a candidate facing recall to accept unlimited campaign contributions, without regard for the campaign finance laws that limit individual donations. In the 2012 recall election, this meant Walker could receive checks for $100,000, $250,000, and $500,000 -- for a total of $37 million -- while his opponents had to abide by a $10,000 contribution cap.

CMD, along with WisPIRG, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, and a variety of other organizations are asking the legislature to confront these and other issues to promote transparency and accountability in Wisconsin elections.


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