Following the last midterm election, Wisconsin witnessed extraordinary political upheaval and 14 recall elections. With this, an astounding amount of money surged in from out of state, much of it secret and undisclosed.
A review of legislative voting records by a University of Wisconsin professor demonstrates that many Wisconsin legislators are taking cues from the ALEC playbook, which he says represents "the loss of citizen voice in the legislature and policymaking."
Thousands of pages of emails unsealed last week after a years-long investigation into former aides and associates of Scott Walker suggest that the current Wisconsin Governor and his staff misled the press about the first John Doe.
As Walker's staff and campaign coordinated their response to tragedies at a Milwaukee County mental health facility, they showed callous disregard for the mentally ill.
The Franklin Center for Public Integrity and its Wisconsin Reporter website have aggressively attacked the "John Doe" probe into possible campaign finance violations during Wisconsin's 2011 and 2012 recall elections, and have broken news regarding the apparent targets of the investigation, but have omitted an important fact: some of its key staff may be caught up in the investigation.
Even Wisconsin Reporter appears to acknowledge that dark money groups active in the recalls were running a scam.
Governor Scott Walker's campaign and dozens of Republican-aligned political groups have been subpoenaed in a wide-ranging probe into potential campaign finance violations during Wisconsin's contentious 2011 and 2012 recall elections, and a group at the center of the storm appears to be Wisconsin Club for Growth, one of the top spenders during the recalls and whose leaders have close ties to Governor Walker and national donors, including the Koch brothers.
On October 1, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) filed a brief countering claims by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Senator Leah Vukmir that legislators cannot be held accountable for violating the open records law during their entire term in office.
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The following is the Center for Media and Democracy's response to Senator Leah Vukmir's statement regarding CMD's public records case and her claim that she has "fully complied" with CMD's public records request. The following can be attributed to CMD General Counsel Brendan Fischer: