Senator Chris Larson is working to increase transparency in the capitol and ensure good government by introducing campaign finance reform legislation.

 

INCREASING TRANSPARENCY

 

Your voice in our government should not be determined by the size of your wallet.

As John Adams once said, "Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness for all the people; and not for profit, honor, of private interest of any one..."

Wisconsin was once the leader in public accountability and clean campaigns. Unfortunately, we are now locked into gerrymandered partisanship and open to a flood of corporate campaign money and potential corruption. Just one example is how much Scott Walker's donors benefited from the Foxconn deal, while Wisconsin taxpayers are left holding the bag as Foxconn breaks promise after promise.

Call the legislative hotline at 1-800-362-9472 and ask for your state representatives, tell them you want to get money out of politics, that Wisconsin needs fair maps, and that transparency is paramount.
Here are the bills I have cosponsored to promote good government:

SB11: Transparency and Records Act: This proposal would ensure the legislature follows the same record retention procedures as other bodies of state government. This bill is waiting for a hearing in the Committee on Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and Courts.

SB75: The Sensible Limits Act: This proposal limits contributions to PACs, legislative campaign committees, and political parties to no more than $10,000, with the exception of a candidate contributing his or her personal funds to his or her own candidate committee. This bill is waiting for a hearing in the Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rural Issues.

SB76:  Restoring Reasonable Limit Act: This proposal will decrease the individual and candidate committee contribution limit from $20,000 to $10,000 for statewide candidates. This bill is waiting for a hearing in the Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rural Issues.

SB77: Special Interests Limitation Act: This proposal reduces by half the donation limits on political action committee contributions to candidates. This bill is waiting for a hearing in the Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rural Issues.

SB78: Closing the PAC Loophole Act: This proposal closes a loophole in the legal definition of a PAC that groups use to bypass donation limits. This bill is waiting for a hearing in the Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rural Issues.

SB79: Coordination Control Act: This proposal places the same financial limits on coordinated expenditures between candidates and groups as are currently in place for direct contributions. This bill is waiting for a hearing in the Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rural Issues.

SB80: No Corporate Campaign Bribes Act: This proposal amends Wisconsin State Statute to prohibit a corporation, cooperative association, labor organization, or federally recognized American Indian Tribe from making contributions to segregated funds established and administered by a political party or legislative campaign committee. This bill is waiting for a hearing in the Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rural Issues.

SB81: Contribution Sunshine Act: This proposal requires any committee that receives campaign finance contributions of more than $100 cumulatively from an individual to report that individual’s place of employment and occupation, if any. This bill is waiting for a hearing in the Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rural Issues.

SB159: Automatic Voter Registration: ensures (with an opt-out provision) that eligible voters are registered upon receiving a driver's license. This is currently waiting for a hearing in the Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rural Issues.

SB288: Ensuring Fair Maps: This proposal would ensure that voters choose their elected officials, by redrawing maps in a nonpartisan manner. This bill is waiting for a hearing in the Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection.

 

The legis.wisconsin.gov website list includes a list of all of the legislation I’ve introduced this session, where you can search for legislation based on keyword, topic, or bill number, and see committee schedules.