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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.

Posted by Mary Bottari on January 21, 2014

Rep. Dave Camp (R- MI) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) have introduced "Fast Track" legislation in Congress. It's been 15 years since a U.S. president sought Fast Track authority, which strips Congress of its Constitutional authority to have a meaningful role in U.S. trade policy.

Posted by The PRW Staff on January 17, 2014

Connecticut made history in 2011 as the first state to require employers to provide paid sick leave to all full-time and part-time employees.

Posted by The PRW Staff on January 14, 2014

In 2010, Gordon Lafer sat across the table from Assistant US Trade Representative Barbara Weisel, who was responsible for negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the mega-regional free-trade treaty among Vietnam, Malaysia, and ten other Pacific Rim countries that President Barack Obama's administration wants to conclude in the coming weeks.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on January 08, 2014

In the final weeks of Wisconsin's 2012 recall elections, a group called Coalition for American Values Action flooded the state's airwaves with over $400,000 in ads, telling viewers that "recall is not the Wisconsin way," and to "stop the recall madness" by voting to reelect Walker.

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