Candidates for Legislature and Statewide Offices Respond to Ethics Questionnaire

August 1, 2006

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The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Common Cause in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign today released the responses from candidates for state office to six questions on campaign finance, ethics and other reforms.

Democratic Governor Jim Doyle returned the survey and answered yes to all six questions, as did Nelson Eisman the Wisconsin Green Party candidate for governor. Their Republican challenger, Green Bay-area Congressman Mark Green, did not respond and did not go on the record on the issues.

Three of the four candidates for Attorney General responded – incumbent Democrat Peg Lautenschlager, her Democratic Primary challenger, Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and Republican JB Van Hollen, a former U.S. Attorney. Republican Paul Bucher, the Waukesha County district attorney, didn’t respond to the questionnaire.

Over half of state legislative candidates refused to take a public stand on reform issues. Of the 36 candidates for state senate, 16 answered the questionnaire and one other replied but refused to answer. Nineteen did not reply at all.

Of the 206 candidates for state assembly, 134 did not reply to the survey. Sixty-seven answered the questions, while five replied that they refuse to answer.

Among legislative leaders, both Senate Republican Leader Dale Schultz and Senate President Alan Lasee responded. Senate Democratic Leader Judy Robson, Assistant Senate Republican Leader Neil Kedzie and Assembly Republican Leader Mike Huebsch did not respond and Assembly Democratic Leader Jim Kreuser replied that it is his policy not to answer such questionnaires.

Senate candidates in the 17 of 33 districts up for election or re-election were mailed a survey and asked to respond. Candidates in all 99 State Assembly districts were asked to respond.

Questionnaire and Responses