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Congressman Elijah Cummings has died. Also on the rundown: President Trump puts some distance between himself and policy on Syria. South Dakota awaits a SCOTUS ruling on the insanity defense, plus the focus remains on election security for 2020.

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Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, two members of the Squad, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. Plus, some candidates are spending more than they're raising.

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WI Election Bill Aims To Put The “Public” Back In Public Elections

April 10, 2007


Sponsors of a new campaign finance reform law say it would get big money out of politics, and put the public back in charge of elections. The plan introduced Monday would create full public financing for state elections, which supporters say would save taxpayers money in the long run. Under the plan, candidates would have to collect a set number of five dollar contributions to be eligible for public funding, and if their opponent exceeded spending limits, they would get extra help. Assembly sponsor Mark Pocan says record spending in recent Supreme Court, Governor, and Attorney General races show that big spenders have too much say in Wisconsin politics.

"You see what happens when you have the big money influencing campaigns -- they’re very nasty campaigns. It really takes the public interest away, and candidates have to spend so much of their time raising money all too often from special interests."

Mike McCabe with the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says public financing is a bargain, compared to the costs of the current system.

"Every time we help finance a tax break or a slice of budget pork or a no-bid contract for wealthy campaign contributors, we’re paying for election campaigns."

Critics of public financing say taxpayers shouldn’t pay for political campaigns. The State Senate holds a hearing on campaign finance reform this afternoon.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WI