Anti-Disclosure Legislation to Get Hearing Thursday

Email date: 10/1/13

In this update:
1. Senate panel takes up scheme to blind public to donors’ financial interests
2. Renewed calls made for action on redistricting reform
3. Reminder: Money Out, Voters In rally next Tuesday

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Senate panel takes up scheme to blind public to donors’ financial interests
A public hearing has been scheduled for Thursday on legislation that would disembowel existing laws requiring disclosure of the financial interests of political donors in Wisconsin.

The Democracy Campaign’s searchable online donor database contains more than 862,000 records of contributions. If the proposed legislation had been state law when the Democracy Campaign launched its money tracking system in 1996, the database would be 96% smaller and would show the occupation but not the employer of just over 36,000 donors.

Please attend Thursday’s hearing if you can and register your opposition to Senate Bill 282. If you can’t make it, please contact the committee members and urge them to oppose SB 282.

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Renewed calls made for action on redistricting reform
Back in mid-August, a number of state newspapers and one television station joined together to call for hearings on redistricting reform legislation that WDC and others have been campaigning for. The media organizations, led by the state’s largest newspaper, are at it again, renewing their calls for the public to be allowed to weigh in on redistricting.

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Reminder: Money Out, Voters In rally next Tuesday
A week from today, we will be rallying at the Capitol. Hope to see you there.

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