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1958, 15 Oct 15

GAB Reform Advances

Wow. Not even the pretense of unbiased writing from Scott Bauer, but this is good news.

In a heated committee meeting, where one Democrat pounded his first on the table, Republicans voted as a bloc to advance the bill eliminating the Government Accountability Board which oversees elections, campaign finance, ethics and lobbying laws.

In its place, two new commissions overseeing elections and ethics run by partisan appointees would be created, doing away with the current board of six nonpartisan former judges. Republican backers say that will create a more transparent process, while Democratic opponents say it will only lead to gridlock and the opportunity for more political corruption.

The bill is rocketing through the Legislature, with its introduction, public hearing and committee vote happening in a week. The full Assembly was scheduled to vote on passing it Wednesday.


1958, 15 October 2015


  1. GreyMatters

    Yes… It Is Good News!

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Surprised it’s moving so quick.

    Excellent. Tossing these biased GAB lefties out!

  3. Northern Pike

    If you believe that election campaigns should be funded largely by unlimited and undisclosed contributions, I suppose it’s good news.

    Personally, I’d like to know who purchases political candidates and what the buyers get in exchange, but now, legally speaking, that’s none of my business.

  4. Pat

    First we have the politicians picking the voters, versus voters picking the politicians, and now we have the politicians moving forward with their attempt to remove transparency from the voters. That’s Wisconsin these days. Moving corrupt government forward.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    So the alternative of raiding innocent people’s homes with law enforcement is the solution????

    I’d rather bias toward free speech even though Domocrats can’t help themselves if unlimited free money corrupts them.

  6. Northern Pike

    I don’t think they were innocent.

    As I read state law, it was illegal for a candidate’s campaign committee to coordinate with a third party group. There was evidence of such coordination discovered in the raid.

    Since then the courts have discovered a First Amendment right that allows candidates to coordinate campaign donations in such a way to keep a donor’s political contributions a secret. It’s a terrible outcome and converts our campaign finance system into one of outright bribery. Apparently you believe there’s nothing wrong with a mining company spending $750,000 on political campaigns without the public’s knowledge.

    As for the raid, I thought the conservative position was shut up and obey the dude with the badge, who, in all other contexts, is assumed to be right.

  7. Kevin Scheunemann

    Court said they were innocent. ( Disgusting in an of itself that one has to prove their speech innocent!)

    So this is what it’s come to: political speech review to check for a vague concept called “coordination”.

    Let’s raid your home to check your speech.

    Pike, your position is reprehensible to the very essence of free speech.

    It’s the classic Stalinist policy position.

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