Assembly Democrats: Republicans vote to allow unlimited corporate money in elections with little to no transparency

Assembly Democrats: Republicans vote to allow unlimited corporate money in elections with little to no transparency
10/22/2015 

Contact: Laura Smith, Office of Rep. Barca, 608.266.5504 

Assembly Democrats Recuse Themselves from Vote on Campaign Finance Bill 

MADISON – Today members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus recused themselves from voting on Assembly Bill 387, which will enable individuals to spend unlimited amounts of money campaigning without any disclosure of their identity. The bill would also – for the first time in modern Wisconsin history – allow corporations to give unlimited money directly to political parties and campaign committees. 

The Democratic legislators chose to recuse themselves based on having a “substantial financial interest” under the bill because the bill could directly impact individual legislators’ campaign committees. 

“There is no question that legislators’ campaigns stand to benefit significantly from this Republican legislation that enables the super wealthy corporations and special interests to dump more money into our elections and our government without any transparency,” Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said. “This bill is designed solely to enrich elected officials’ campaigns and it will enable our government to be sold to the highest bidder and will open Wisconsin for corruption. After Republicans refused to even consider Democratic efforts to improve the bill – or at least ensure that their campaign committees wouldn't immediately benefit – the only reasonable course of action was for Democrats to recuse ourselves from voting on this bill, and I am disappointed that our Republican colleagues chose not to do the same.” 

According to Wisconsin Statute 19.46, “No state public official may take any official action substantially affecting a matter in which the official, a member of his or her immediate family, or an organization with which the official is associated has a substantial financial interest.”

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