Wisconsin Media Condemns Campaign Finance Bill

Posted: October 27, 2015
Updated: November 18, 2015

Newspapers

Here’s some Wisconsin media coverage and commentary about legislative proposals to rewrite state campaign finance laws that blindfold the public about the fundraising and spending by special interest electioneering groups and candidates for legislative and statewide offices:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Scott Walker should veto GAB, secrecy measures

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Assembly expected to pass bill ending campaign donors disclosing employers

Racine Journal Times - Walker should veto non-disclosure bill

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Wisconsin Republicans embrace secrecy

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - GOP lawmakers reverse course, balk at campaign donor reporting

Center for Responsive Politics - Wisconsin may strike employer disclosure for campaign donors

Kenosha News - Campaign finance bill needs repairs

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Don't let legislators cut off your ability to know

Wisconsin State Journal - Scott Walker campaign failed to report thousands of donor employers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Bill puts veil over campaign funding in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council – Bill would make it harder to follow the money

Beloit Daily News – Bad week for accountability

The (Racine) Journal Times – Legislature hinders residents’ ability to follow the money

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – More in the dark than ever

Wisconsin State Journal – Don’t hide where big donors work

Wisconsin State Journal – One of these three is not like the others – which is why it won’t pass

WISN – Milwaukee – Wisconsin state senators clash over campaign finance changes

Sheboygan Press – Lawmakers: You’ll hurt yourselves, too

Green Bay Press-Gazette – Bill would keep donors’ employers out of view

The campaign finance proposals, Assembly Bill 387 and Senate Bill 292, would allow secretive phony issue ad groups to coordinate with candidates and not disclose their fundraising and spending activities; drop the requirement that candidates identify some contributor employers; allow corporate contributions to political parties; and double campaign contributions limits to legislative and statewide candidates.