• WisPolitics

2015-16 Legislature: Printable directory | Leadership rosters | New faces


Friday, November 6, 2015

 9:51 PM 

Erpenbach: Campaign finance bill would allow state senators to create own issue advocacy groups

Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, said the campaign finance legislation would allow lawmakers to create their own issue advocacy groups that could raise unlimited amounts of money and spend it

Erpenbach said lawmakers could hold a public hearing on a favored piece of legislation and then turn around and collect a corporate check to pay for ads praising the bill. Lawmakers could also, he said, use those issue advocacy groups to praise themselves. All they would need to do is put another name as the contact on the organization.

The only way to stop that is to require disclosure, he said while pushing for an amendment that would require reporting of expenditures and obligations by corporations, cooperative associations and labor unions.

"Who needs Scott Jensen?" Erpenbach said of the former lawmaker who is now involved with the American Federation for Children, which often runs issue ads. "Who needs a middle man? You really don't. You can do it on your own."

Sen. Devin LeMahieu, chair of the Elections Committee, countered the bill is silent on requiring disclosure on issue advocacy and would not change anything already allowed under the law.

"I'm sort of confused how this extra money is going to come into Wisconsin," the Oostburg Republican said.

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, also took issue with Erpenbach's comments. He said court decisions have opened the door to lawmakers requiring some disclosure from issue advocacy groups. But any attempt to do so has been struck down by the courts as an attempt to regulate speech.

"We don't have all the cards," Fitzgerald said, adding he wants nothing to do with third-party groups.

Erpenbach's amendment was tabled along party lines 18-13.

UPDATE: Sen. Nikiya Harris Dodd, D-Milwaukee, was out of the chamber for the tabling vote. She has been granted permission to be counted with the minority, making the vote 18-14.


Comments: 0

Post a Comment

Back to Quorum Call main page

: See newer blog items : : See older blog items :

Quorum Call site feed
Advertisement
Advertisement

wispolitics.com Social News

Follow Us

ABOUT THE BLOG

WisPolitics coverage of news from the Wisconsin Legislature.

BLOG CONTRIBUTORS
Editor: JR Ross
Reporters: Chris Thompson, David Wise

LINKS
· Quorum Call site feed
· Quorum Call on Twitter

LEGISLATIVE LINKS

SESSION INFO
· InSession: Senate | Assembly
· Audio/video coverage
· Session calendar

SEARCH
· Bill database
· Lobbying information
· Notification service

LEGISLATORS
· Download a printable directory
· Leadership rosters
· New faces in 2013
· Find your legislator
· Senate home pages
· Assembly home pages

ARCHIVE

· December 2009
· January 2010
· February 2010
· March 2010
· April 2010
· December 2010
· January 2011
· February 2011
· April 2011
· May 2011
· June 2011
· July 2011
· August 2011
· September 2011
· October 2011
· November 2011
· January 2012
· February 2012
· March 2012
· July 2012
· November 2012
· December 2012
· January 2013
· February 2013
· March 2013
· April 2013
· May 2013
· June 2013
· September 2013
· October 2013
· November 2013
· December 2013
· January 2014
· February 2014
· March 2014
· April 2014
· June 2014
· November 2014
· December 2014
· January 2015
· February 2015
· March 2015
· April 2015
· May 2015
· June 2015
· July 2015
· September 2015
· October 2015
· November 2015
· January 2016
· February 2016
· March 2016
· November 2016
· December 2016
· January 2017
Copyright ©2012 WisPolitics.com All rights reserved. | WisOpinion.com | WisBusiness.com  |  Website development by wisnet.com LLC  | Website design by Makin’ Hey Communications