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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

 4:53 PM 

Barca, Vos go nose to nose again

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. Peter Barca are going back and forth on the campaign finance bill.

After a string of Dem comments against the bill, Vos took the floor and accused the other side of the aisle of being disingenuous. He pointed out how Dems already are taking advantage of unlimited donations to parties.

The Rochester Republican said he checked on contribution numbers and found Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele had given the Dem Party $400,000.

"So don't stand up here and act sanctimonious," Vos said, adding that Dems already are taking and using the money. And that's OK, he said, because it's legal.

But Barca, D-Kenosha, said his office checked and found that other states that have adopted unlimited corporate donations have paired that with reporting requirements. Vos' bill, Barca said, does not require that reporting, and that is where the problems really arise.

"I can see why you're the only one who put your name on the bill," Barca told Vos. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is a co-sponsor on the bill.

But there is a bright spot, Barca said.

"The only good news is the Senate doesn't appear to be crazy about this," he said.



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