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Report: “Political Tourists” Spending Big Bucks on Wisconsin Elections

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007   

“Political tourists” are making Wisconsin one of their top destinations for out-of-state campaign contributions. A new report from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign finds a massive spike in out-of-state donations to Gov. Doyle – over a million dollars last year, which ismore than double the previous record. The group’s director, Mike McCabe, says that’s bad news for Wisconsin voters.

"It raises a legitimate question about whether an elected official is going to be listening to the voters of Wisconsin, or listening to outside special interests. Politicians are hungry for money, outside interest groups are hungry for influence, and what we’re seeing is a marriage between those politicians and those interests."

McCabe notes there’s also been a rise in out-of-state contributions to state legislators. He says corporations and other interests have shown a growing interest in influencing policy at the state level, and he expects that trend to continue.

McCabe believes the best solution would be public financing for candidates, similar to campaign reform laws in Arizona and Maine.

"Then candidates for office are beholden to the taxpayers of the state and nobody else, and they don’t have to go out and shake down outside interests for donations."

For more information see www.wisdc.org/pr082007.php.



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