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Expect a Flood of WI Campaign Ads

February 1, 2010

MADISON, Wis. - The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that places even fewer restrictions on corporate campaign spending will have a big impact in Wisconsin, some observers say. With an open governor's seat this year, the court's decision could really open the campaign-spending floodgates, they warn.

Mike McCabe, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, says it could cost more than $50 million to win the seat this year.

"There's no doubt that people are going to have to endure even more ads, and they're going to have to weather even more special-interest spending."

However, McCabe says all is not lost in the battle to control campaign spending. He says public financing programs, like the one just enacted for state Supreme Court elections in Wisconsin, are not affected by the ruling.

McCabe says public financing of campaigns could counter the special interest money that continues to flow into Wisconsin elections.

"Public financing remains on sound constitutional footing, and becomes all the more important because it's a way to create a 'clean money' alternative."

President Obama has said he believes the U.S. Supreme Court ruling will allow special interests to spend without limit on elections. Those who favor the ruling say it will make it easier for corporations to spend openly - and with greater public scrutiny, they also will have to accept the consequences of their political choices.

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign has organized a public protest of the U.S. Supreme Court decision at www.wisdc.org.


Glen Gardner, Public News Service - WI