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Outside groups supporting Republican candidates have outspent other groups supporting Democrats by roughly a 4-1 margin. That's the assessment of a political funding watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Executive Director Matthew Rothschild details some of the independent expenditure totals...

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A coordinator is coming to Rhinelander Saturday to talk about an effort to pass a constitutional clarification to change campaign finance.

In a landmark 2010 ruling, the United States Supreme Court held that the free speech clause of the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent expenditures for communications by nonprofit corporations, for-profit corporations, labor unions, and other associations. It opened the floodgates of cash into campaigns, mostly behind secretive doors. It's known as the Citizens United ruling.

Wisconsin Democrats Seek Referendum to Repeal Citizens United

May 2, 2017

MADISON, Wis. -The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case declared that corporations are people and that money is speech. The decision opened the floodgates for special-interest cash to flow into American election campaigns.

Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, and Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, have introduced a measure asking the people of Wisconsin to vote in a statewide referendum to amend the U.S. Constitution to state clearly that corporations are not people and money is not speech.


Lake Tomahawk voters will see an advisory question on Tuesday's ballot regarding campaign finance reform.

Communities across the country have been voting whether to have a Constitutional amendment saying only persons have constitutional rights and money is not free speech, so limiting money does not infringe on free speech.

Lake Tomahawk town supervisor Catherine Parker says the question asks voters thoughts...

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As elections head toward a decision next month, the airwaves and mailboxes are filling wih advertising from sometimes mysterious groups running 'issue ads' which are thinly masked advocacy for a particular candidate. This is often called 'dark money'.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2010 allowed these groups to exist with limits.  A recent Wisconsin court decision removed another legal barrier in the process.


The head of the campaign watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says Wisconsin is among the leading states hoping to have a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court ruling called Citizens United. In 2010, the Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court set a new precedent for outside contributions to elections, says Executive Director Matthew Rothschild...


The head of the ethics and fundraising watchdog, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, is asking five county District Attorneys to intervene in the John Doe probe case tossed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court last week.

For a second time, the court rejected arguments in the probe whether Governor Walker's campaign improperly became associated with advocacy groups during the 2012 recall election. They dismissed the case and also Special Prosecutor Francis Schmitz of his prosecutorial authority.


A recent study shows some lobbyists in Madison were paid  thousands of dollars per hour to lobby legislators on various issues.

Matt Rothschild from the non-profit campaign watchdog Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says one of the top-paid lobbyists represented the Milwaukee Bucks as the team wanted state money to pay for a new arena...

For many years, Mike McCabe headed the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, an organization primarily devoted to allowing people without large money to continue to have a seat at the political table.

McCabe no longer heads the organization, but has written a book titled "Blue Jeans In High Places, The Coming Makeover Of American Politics". His book raises questions about  the current state of politics, the failings of both major parties, and a blueprint for a different future.

McCabe will be in the Northwoods this weekend. He talked with Ken Krall about the book.

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A new book calls for the forming of not a third political party, but what the author calls a "First Party" to bring about reforms to what he calls a broken political system.

Mike McCabe is Executive Director of the non-partisan  watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. His book is called "Blue Jeans in High Places: The Coming Make Over of American Politics". McCabe says he senses a majority of Americans have become discontented with government run by both major political parties...