Yesterday, the Wisconsin Assembly approved a bipartisan bill that would allow the size of political donations to double. The bill would increase the maximum donation that donors could give to candidates for governor, Supreme Court justice and other statewide offices from $10,000 to $20,000. The donation limit for Assembly candidates would also increase from $500 to $1,000, and the limit for Senate candidates from $1,000 to $2,000.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) survived his recall election last night, buoyed by millions in contributions from the country’s wealthiest Americans. As Mother Jones points out, Walker outraised his opponent Tom Barrett by a 7:1 margin, or $30.5 million to $4 million. Two-thirds of Walker’s money came from out-of-state.
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Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
Time to amend: No more half measures in campaign finance reform
Fair Elections/Campaign Finance
Maine Ethics Commission Seeks Clean Election Law Fix
On the proposed solutions: "We can't have a publicly-funded system that sort of, on-purpose, keeps the candidates kind of barefoot and pregnant," said Allison Smith, the co-president of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections.
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