Editor’s note: The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is debuting a column called Money & Politics. Written by Bill Lueders, the Center’s Money and Politics Project director, the column will cover a wide range of topics related to money and politics, tied into contemporary events. And it will invite readers into a process of discovery, as Lueders digs into issues and data, and shares back-story information on the center’s investigations and reporting into this area. The column is expected to appear about once a week on our newly created Money & Politics Blog, although there may be times when it is more or less frequent. Lueders’ inaugural column offering is below.