About 12 hours into the Jan. 23 state legislative hearing on a proposed bill to revamp the state’s metallic mining laws, a citizen who’d waited all day gave some unwelcome testimony.
Scott Walker isn’t anybody’s idea of a champion of campaign finance reform. He was elected governor in 2010 after outspending the competition in what was then the costliest statewide race in Wisconsin history, at $37.4 million. That record was shattered in this year’s recall election, when an estimated $81 million was spent, including $36 million by Walker’s own campaign.
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board’s Nov. 29 certification of the official results of the Nov. 6 election made it, well, official: Democratic candidates got more votes than Republicans in state races for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, state Senate and state Assembly.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association funneled more than $1 million to a conservative group engaged in political advocacy, against the wishes of some members whose dues paid for the contribution.
As the dust settles on Wisconsin’s tumultuous recall elections, let’s acknowledge some of the winners and losers.
The other day a reporter from Swedish Public Television contacted the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism regarding the role of super PACs in Wisconsin’s historic recall elections.
Published: April 18, 2012
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The preacher’s son laughed and joked as he took a seat among the biggest players in Oklahoma politics, some of whom paid $10,000 to break bread with their conservative hero and get a photo snapped.
Wisconsin residents have waited a long time to get a good look at the state’s checkbook.
By Scott Bauer Associated Press Madison — Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday he had fulfilled his campaign promises and would raise and spend as much money as it took to defend himself in the recall effort launched against him this week. “The bottom line is I did what I said I would do a year [...]
Published: August 1, 2011
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By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One TV ad criticizes a Democratic candidate’s driving record ending with dash-cam video of him running a red light and striking a bicyclist. Another says a GOP senator favors and end to Medicare as we know it. A Democratic candidate is criticized for supporting taxpayers picking [...]