Democracy Campaign Spoofs Schoolhouse Rock

Animated Short Film Offers Updated Take on How a Bill Becomes Law

March 4, 2008

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign today began airing a short animated feature on its Web site that parodies the classic 1975 Schoolhouse Rock educational video “I’m Just a Bill.”

Statehouse Crock!In producing “Statehouse Crock!” the Democracy Campaign teamed two talented Wisconsin artists – political cartoonist Mike Konopacki and singer-songwriter Peter Leidy. Konopacki produced the animation and Leidy wrote the lyrics and performed the song with Steve Kantrowitz and Calli Steinhoff. Konopacki’s work frequently appears in The Capital Times while Leidy is a regular on Wisconsin Public Television’s public affairs program “Here and Now.”

This is not the first time the Democracy Campaign has collaborated with Konopacki and Leidy. Back in 2005, Konopacki produced a 30-second TV ad that the Democracy Campaign aired on stations in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Eau Claire, La Crosse and Wausau. Leidy, whose musical satire often takes aim at the State Capitol, performed at the Democracy Campaign’s 10th anniversary celebration in 2005. Both artists’ work is featured on WDC’s Web site.

Watch “Statehouse Crock!