Spotlight on Wisconsin

Money & Politics Blog: Yes, we have no super PACs

The other day a reporter from Swedish Public Television contacted the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism regarding the role of super PACs in Wisconsin’s historic recall elections.

“How much money are we talking about?” the reporter asked. “Which conservative super PAC is the main one? And on the Democratic side?”


Money & Politics Blog: The purpose of all those commercials …

John Franz is mad as hell and he’s not going to take this anymore.

“It’s not like I enjoy some of the ads, and hate others — I hate them all,” the Madison resident says of the explosion of political commercials in advance of Wisconsin’s June 5 recall election. “It’s visceral.  If one comes on I grab the remote to turn off the TV, or at least the channel.”

Money & Politics Blog: Barrett vs. Walker: The matchup so far

Wow. That was fast.

The email from Tom Barrett went out at 10:05 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, about an hour after he was declared the winner of the Democratic primary in the recall election for governor. The email said a number of things but asked for only one: cash.

Money & Politics Blog: Supersize contributions still flowing in

It’s been called a quirk in state law and even “an outrageous loophole.” In fact, it was a deliberate change with unintended consequences.

Money & Politics Blog: The trouble with robo-calls

Stevens Point columnist Bill Berry, writing just after Wisconsin’s recent presidential primary, called it perhaps the only thing our deeply divided nation can agree upon: “Robo-calls suck.”