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Posted by Brendan Fischer on April 09, 2014

Wisconsin again ranked among the best in the country when it comes to running elections, yet apparently this outstanding performance is a problem, and it might be "fixed" through new limits on early voting and proposals to kill same-day registration.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on April 07, 2014

Newly-released ALEC documents obtained as part of CMD"s open records litigation provide more evidence that lobbyists and special interests are calling the shots within ALEC, undermining that group's latest PR spin that it is a "legislator-driven" organization.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on April 03, 2014

The court's latest money-in-politics ruling further demonstrates the absurdity of Citizens United

Posted by Brendan Fischer on March 24, 2014

Wisconsin Club for Growth's allegations that prosecutors in the John Doe campaign finance probe have engaged in politically-motivated selective targeting don't stand up to even limited scrutiny.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on March 17, 2014

New court filings confirm that Wisconsin's John Doe campaign finance investigation hinges on how state election law treats "issue ad" groups coordinating with political campaigns, shedding new light on a Republican effort to quietly change the law in advance of Governor Scott Walker's reelection campaign.

Posted by Mary Bottari on March 11, 2014

The Wisconsin Senate is poised to vote today on a number of bills that would restrict access to the ballot and increase the influence of lobbyists in the state, despite the strong objections of grassroots and voting rights groups.

Posted by Rebekah Wilce on March 06, 2014

When the Grocery Manufacturers Association was sued for not disclosing the donors behind its heavyweight contribution to stop the Washington State ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods in 2013, the public learned a few interesting things about its funding and plans.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on February 07, 2014

Newly-unsealed court documents and media leaks add to a growing body of evidence that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s campaign is at the center of a wide-ranging secret probe into campaign finance violations during the state's contentious 2011 and 2012 recall elections.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on January 28, 2014

A secret court ruling in the "John Doe" probe into campaign finance violations during Wisconsin's 2011 and 2012 recall elections could have implications well beyond the investigation -- if news reports from anonymous sources are accurate.

Posted by The PRW Staff on January 23, 2014

First, we have a major democracy problem. Citizens United paved the way for unlimited corporate spending to distort our elections. Second, until we fix the funding of our political campaigns, we can't fix the individual issues that matter most to everyday Americans.

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