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Money & Politics Blog: Meet Michael Richards, typical lobbyist

Michael Richards sometimes finds himself telling people, “I’m not your typical lobbyist.” But in fact, that’s exactly what he is.

Richards, the executive director of government relations and external affairs for Gundersen Lutheran Health System of La Crosse, isn’t trying to mislead anyone when he denies being typical. He’s just countering a popular misconception -- that lobbyists are hired guns for well-heeled special interests. Read more

Money & Politics Blog: Special session bills serve special interests

Key Companies

CompanyContributedRelated bill positions
Johnson & Johnson$01
Humana$05
American Society of Anesthesiologists$02

Key Legislators

SenatorsParty/DistrictRelated bills sponsored
Lena Taylor[D-WI]278
Dale Schultz[R-WI]153
Dave Hansen[D-WI]153
AssemblymembersParty/DistrictRelated bills sponsored
Terese Berceau[D-WI]280
Alvin Ott[R-WI]213
Sandy Pasch[D-WI]199

Key Industries

IndustryContributedRelated bill positions
Physicians$559,3189
Dentists$332,2542
Hospitals$257,24310
Numbers on this page (except for Latest Bills) include latest available data for contributions and bill positions starting January 1, 2009 through the present. For date range numbers on Latest Bills, visit the bill page.