State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) issued the following statement regarding the LIBRE Initiative’s decision to expand in Wisconsin:
“Over the last three months, Republicans in the legislature have methodically passed their ‘corruption agenda,’ which includes allowing unlimited corporate dollars into our state to influence elections and dismantling our state’s non-partisan election commission, the Government Accountability Board (GAB), meant to keep elections and politicians honest and clean.
“Wisconsin Republicans’ efforts have cleared the way for the billionaire Koch brothers to bring their dark money into Wisconsin to target one of our fastest growing constituencies, our Latino communities.
“The LIBRE Initiative is an ultra-conservative organization funded by out of state billionaires Charles and David Koch that seeks to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, halt increases in the federal minimum wage, fund anti-immigrant Republican politicians, and support voter photo ID laws that aim to further disenfranchise Latino communities.
“As the representative of the largest Latino community in the great state of Wisconsin, I have been dedicated to growing the civic engagement of Latino Wisconsinites in my district and beyond. I am committed to making sure my constituents are made aware that the primary goal of this right-wing organization is to get them to vote against their best interests by voting for Republican candidates who have consistently blocked my efforts to pass pro-Latino, pro- immigrant bills like drivers cards for undocumented immigrants (AB 343) and even symbolic efforts like a bill that would honor national civil rights leader, Cesar Chavez (AB 437).”