For Immediate Release: October 30, 2015

Contact: State Senator Janis Ringhand; (608)266-2253; Sen.Ringhand@legis.wi.gov

 

Changes to Ethics and Election Laws Indicative of One-Party Rule

For decades, Wisconsin has prided itself on the way we conduct our elections. Compared to most states, we have high voter participation in every part of the state, from people from all walks of life.

Current proposals before the legislature to change our election laws will make significant and in some cases radical changes to the way elections will be run in Wisconsin.

Republicans, who currently govern under a system of one-party rule, have proposed sweeping changes to loosen our campaign finance laws, to eliminate the non-partisan Government Accountability Board and replace it with a group of hand-picked political appointees.

Make no mistake, the new Elections Board will be filled with political cronies and attorneys who will make it more difficult to investigate criminal misconduct, ethical violations and campaign shenanigans.

At a time when distrust for partisan politics is at an all-time high, I believe that we need more accountability from both politicians and those who are bankrolling elections, not less.

The vast majority of people in Wisconsin believe that there is already too much money in politics and our political system is operating under the Golden Rule.

Those with the gold rule.

The campaign finance changes being proposed by the Republican majority would;

  • Double contribution limits.
  • Allow corporations to give unlimited funds to political parties and committees operated and controlled by legislative leaders.
  • Permit candidates to coordinate their activity with outside special interest groups who do not have to disclose where or how they get their money.

The bottom line is that these changes will lead to;

  • More negative ads on your TV & radio.
  • More political flyers in your mailbox.
  • More robo-calls interrupting your dinner and Packer games.

The efforts to eliminate the non-partisan Government Accountability Board, to allow unlimited corporate contributions to flood our elections and to enable politicians to coordinate campaign activity with outside special interest groups are misguided and indicative of one-party rule.

The changes to our election laws, ethical standards, legislative redistricting and campaign finance have all been designed by one party to give a political advantage to one party.

I may be nostalgic, but I believe that we should be working to give Wisconsin an advantage by focusing on good schools, good roads and strong communities rather than angling for partisan advantages that will do little for the people our state.

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