Secret political cash quietly reshaping Wisconsin laws

The flow of cash from outside groups seeking to influence Wisconsin elections has widened since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision held that corporations could not be barred from making so-called independent expenditures. And activists are fighting back. > AP News

Sauk County Board approves referendum on money in politics


The Sauk County Board’s “referendum train” — as it’s been dubbed — is running full steam ahead, although one freight car got left at the station Tuesday night. The board voted 17-12 to place an advisory referendum on county ballots this November involving the influence of money in politics and the constitutional rights of corporations. > Baraboo News Republic

Baldwin defiant as millions in outside money pours in against her in Senate race


Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is facing a big-money barrage. Sensing an opening for Republicans in a state that went for Trump in 2016, third-party groups have already poured millions of dollars into the race, setting it on course to be the most expensive Senate contest in state history. > Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

How the GOP rigs elections


With combination of gerrymandering, voter-ID laws, and boatloads of dark money, Republicans have tipped political scales. Will it be enough to keep Democrats from claiming victory in 2018? > Rolling Stone

Wisconsin Dems push for campaign finance reform with 8-bill package


Democratic state senators have joined with clean-government advocates in rolling out a “Campaign Integrity” package of bills that would bring back fair elections to Wisconsin. “Most of these reforms were the law 20 years ago,” said Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, so we’re just “trying to get us back to 1998.” >

Gazette: Democracy drowning in flood of campaign cash, fueled by Team Ryan


Republican insiders are tickled over Team Ryan raising massive sums for the House speaker and many other GOP candidates, but his success should alarm anyone concerned about the integrity of our democracy. > Janesville Gazette

With state Dems seeking to repeal Citizen United, you can urge your lawmaker to vote yes.


Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) have introduced a measure asking the people of Wisconsin to vote in a statewide referendum to amend the U.S. Constitution to state clearly that corporations are not people and money is not speech. > WXPR, Rhinelander Public Radio