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Bill Lueders ends four-year stint at Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Award-winning journalist Bill Lueders is leaving the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism to return to his roots at two Madison publications. The Center will continue to investigate the influence of money on politics and policymaking through the Money and Politics Project, and soon will announce the hiring of Lueders’ successor.

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Wisconsin among several states with dust-ups over campaign coordination with outside groups

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization based in Washington, D.C., has just published an article on alleged coordination between political campaigns and outside groups that cites Wisconsin as a prime example. Among its findings: The collaboration Gov. Scott Walker is accused of would “barely raise an eyebrow” in some states.

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Podcast: Scraping the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Today we’re continuing our new occasional podcast series with a conversation between the Center’s Kate Golden and freelancer Jake Harper, about his recently published piece showing that over the past decade, Wisconsin Supreme Court justices tended to favor clients whose attorneys had donated to their campaigns, and recused themselves from just 2 percent of cases involving attorney donors.

Posted inJustice & Safety, Money & Politics

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices tend to favor attorney donors

Justice Shirley Abrahamson was the top recipient of support from attorneys whose cases reached the Supreme Court, pulling in $188,650 over the past 11 years, a Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism analysis shows. Overall, justices tended to rule in favor of clients whose attorneys contributed to the justices’ election campaigns.