articles tagged "Wisconsin Democracy Campaign"

State Lobbying Drops Since Act 10

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 | ioby
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Lobbyists are spending less money and time persuading lawmakers since Act 10 was enacted. more »

What Is The Current State Of Democracy?

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | buzz
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Mike McCabe, Executive Director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. A nonprofit nonpartisan watchdog group dedicated to clean government. McCabe spoke candidly about the State of the Union address. “I’ve grown tired of what they say,” he said and then added, “What they do is what matters.” more »

The Influence Of Citizens United

Monday, 21 January 2013 | buzz
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On January 21st, 2013, Dane Varese, The Outreach Director with the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign braved the freezing temperatures (it’s 1 degrees outside) to talk to WORT about Citizens United and what it means for campaigns to come.       Citizens United is a 2010 Supreme Court decision that says it would be an infringement on the first amendment to restrict campaign contributions from corporations and unions.       What does that mean? It means that money in the possession of corporations and unions can now be donated to a campaign in any amount. Former US senator from Wisconsin, Russ Feingold, commented on Citizens United in a September interview with the Harvard Business Review last year, “The idea of corporate money, money that corporations get when you buy toothpaste or detergent, being used directly in campaigns didn’t exist. And frankly, nobody even seemed to say it was a possibility until this bizarre decision in 2010 in Citizens United. And that is the change.”   Now when you buy something at a convenience store you might indirectly be helping to fund a campaign you do not wish to fund.     Listen to the interview here:   more »

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign on the State of the State

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | buzz
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On the morning after the Governor’s State of the State address, host Jan Miyasaki speaks with Dane Varese of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Dane is the group’s Outreach Director.   One of the main themes of Governor Walker’s speech was the mining bill that he hopes the legislature will pass. It would clear the way for a huge iron ore mine in the Penokee hills of northern Wisconsin. Walker brought up union carpenters, millwrights, and operating engineers in hardhats to underscore his support for mining in the state. He noted the miner with a pickaxe on the Wisconsin State flag.   Dane Varese highlights the campaign contributions that billionaire mining executive Chris Cline and associates have made to Governor Walker and other state officials.   Watch the State of the State address on Wisconsin Eye.   Listen to the interview: more »

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