The clouds have burst, the downpour has begun. The GOP’s campaign-ad deluge is coming to a screen near you. Continue Reading
Wisconsin receives a C- in a nationwide ranking of states’ accountability and risk of corruption. The State Integrity Investigation, released today, ranks Wisconsin 22nd, with a score of 70 percent — a score boosted by the creation in 2008 of the state Government Accountability Board to help clean up government. Continue Reading
A previously unpublished list of forfeitures paid to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board from 2009 to 2011 for campaign finance, ethics and lobbying violations. Continue Reading
More than one hundred people or groups paid fines for violating Wisconsin’s campaign finance and ethics laws in the past three years. The violator list reads like a Who’s Who of Wisconsin politicians, and includes some noteworthy outsiders as well. Continue Reading
The backdrop for many of Wisconsin’s current ethical controversies is an unprecedented flow of money into the state’s political machinery. With last year’s Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, some loopholes in the state’s campaign finance laws have grown even wider. Continue Reading
The Wisconsin Judicial Commission today filed a complaint against state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser over an incident last June in which he placed his hands around the neck of a fellow justice. It asked that “appropriate discipline be imposed.” But Prosser declared his innocence. Continue Reading
MapLight, a national nonpartisan research organization that explores the connections between money and politics, has unveiled a new feature that allows for the tracking on bills by topic area, for the U.S. Congress as well as two state legislatures, Wisconsin and California.
In late 2006, a Grant County jury ordered Daniel Virnich and Jack Moores to pay a $6.5 million judgment, the largest in Wisconsin that year. The lawsuit brought by receiver Michael Polsky had accused the two men of plundering a stereo components company, through excessive payments to themselves. The company had gone belly up, leaving its creditors — including numerous small businesses — with major losses. Continue Reading