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Illinois Billionaire Spending Millions to Buy Election for Nicholson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brad Bainum   
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 16:58

richard-uihleinDick Uihlein, outside groups have spent more than four times as much on negative ads against Tammy Baldwin than against any other senator.

MADISON - "Outside spending in [the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race] likely is 'unprecedented' for a U.S. Senate campaign, excluding special elections, at this stage," according to a new report from the Wisconsin State Journal.

kevin-nicholsonAnd it turns out that most of those millions have been directed towards either attacking U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin or promoting corporate consultant Kevin Nicholson, who's competing with state Sen. Leah Vukmir for the Republican Party's nomination.

Key Points:

Tammy Baldwin remains a top target of right-wing billionaire megadonors like the Koch brothers and Illinois billionaire Dick Uihlein:

  • "A broader view of outside spending in the race, based on data provided by Democratic and Republican sources in Wisconsin, puts the total amount spent at more than $13 million."
  • "Meanwhile, Baldwin, D-Madison, has faced a negative ad blitz that so far dwarfs any other U.S. Senate incumbent seeking re-election this fall. Outside groups have spent more than four times as much on negative ads against her than against any other senator, the Center for Responsive Politics data show."
  • "Much of the anti-Baldwin ad barrage comes from groups funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, among the nation’s most prolific donors to conservative and Republican political causes."

Illinois billionaire Dick Uihlein-funded outside groups have already "spent more than $5 million" on TV and radio ads to buy Kevin Nicholson a U.S. Senate seat:

  • "Outside groups have spent nearly $5 million to support Nicholson"
  • "Nearly all of the pro-Nicholson ads come from super PACs funded largely by Uihlein."
  • "America’s PAC and Restoration PAC, super PACs funded almost entirely by Uihlein, together have spent more than $5 million to back Nicholson or oppose Baldwin, according to the center."
  • "Uihlein made a huge early splash for Nicholson when he pledged $3.5 million to a super PAC supporting him...He also has given $850,000 to John Bolton Super PAC, affiliated with President Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser."
  • "The pro-Nicholson spending spree has helped make Uihlein the top national donor to outside groups in the 2018 cycle so far."

Read more -- Wisconsin State Journal: 'Unprecedented' outside spending hits Tammy Baldwin, boosts Kevin Nicholson in US Senate race

Poll: Americans Worried as GOP Sabotage Spikes Health Care Premiums PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brad Bainum   
Saturday, 07 April 2018 09:39

farmsAs Wisconsinites face skyrocketing health care costs following GOP sabotage, Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson continue to run on taking away 30 million Americans' health care access.

MADISON - In Wisconsin and across the country, Republican health care sabotage continues to spike consumer costs, shouldering Americans with skyrocketing premiums -- particularly in rural areas -- and rising worries that their care will soon be completely unaffordable. But GOP U.S. Senate candidates Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir are nevertheless dead set on taking away 30 million Americans' health care access and further spiking consumer costs, as part of their right-wing, corporate-special-interest-giveaway agenda.

kevin-nicholsonNicholson and Vukmir have continued to campaign on dangerous Trumpcare repeal plans that would gut protections for people with preexisting conditions, spike premiums and take health care away from up to 30 million Americans. And Vukmir and Nicholson are standing by their fellow Republicans' efforts to further destabilize health care markets -- malicious sabotage that's already spiking premiums in Wisconsin and across the country.

leah-vukmirRepublican-led health care market sabotage has gotten so out of control that a recent Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll finds that a majority of Americans are "worried about their out-of-pocket costs increasing so high that" they won’t be able to afford the care that they need.

Meanwhile, additional polling shows that health care remains the top issue for voters heading into November's midterm elections. In Wisconsin, specifically, a recent PPP survey found that 72% of likely voters name health care a top issue. 

That's bad news for Trumpcare candidates like Nicholson and Vukmir, who are also running on a Republican tax law that spikes health care costs while simultaneously calling for dangerous cuts to Wisconsinites' Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits.

McCabe: State Taxes Key To Empowering People, Communities, Keeping Middle Class PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Commoners for Mike McCabe, Christine Welcher   
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 10:50

mccabe-govPlan reduces the sales tax rate by 10%, ends MAC tax break that benefits less than 1% of taxpayers, and makes investments in education, job training, and high-speed Internet.

ALTOONA, WI - Wisconsin governor candidate Mike McCabe today proposed transformative tax changes to turn Wisconsin’s tax system from one that allows the wealthiest in the state to pay the lowest overall tax rate into one where everyone pays their fair share.

One centerpiece of the plan reduces the state sales tax rate by 10% while applying the tax to now-exempt purchases made almost exclusively by the richest consumers. In making the proposal, McCabe highlighted the injustice of taxing auto parts and repairs but exempting aircraft parts and repairs from the state sales tax.

mike-mccabe“If you need to fix your car or truck, you pay sales tax on top of what it costs you. But if you own a private jet and need repairs or spare parts, you are exempt from the tax,” McCabe said.

“If you buy your kid a winter coat, you pay state sales tax. But if you pay a public relations firm to spruce up your image, there’s no tax,” he said.

Another key feature of McCabe’s tax reform plan is ending what is known as the MAC tax break that benefits a mere one-third of 1% of taxpayers in the state. More than three-quarters of the beneficiaries make more than $1 million a year, and well over 90% of those taking advantage of MAC have incomes exceeding $300,000 annually.

“MAC is a tax loophole big enough to drive a Mack truck through, and it’s the super-rich who are doing the driving,” McCabe said, adding that it resulted in tax breaks averaging more than $2 million for 11 tax filers earning $30 million or more in 2017. Closing the loophole would bring in more than $320 million a year in taxes that some of Wisconsin’s wealthiest people currently are escaping.

“We don’t need any new taxes. But we do need to make sure everyone pays the ones we already have,” he said.

McCabe’s proposed changes to the state sales tax include lowering it from 5% to 4.5% – a 10% reduction in the rate – and applying the tax to purchases that currently are exempt including:

  • Aircraft parts and repairs
  • Health clubs
  • Auto and travel clubs
  • Nonresidents’ aircraft hangared and boats berthed in Wisconsin
  • Dues and fees to business associations and fraternal organizations
  • Building materials, equipment and supplies used in constructing professional sports stadiums
  • Motion picture and TV film and advertising materials
  • Services such as public relations, accounting, interior design, architectural and engineering, beauty, legal, advertising, tax preparation, real estate broker commissions, collection and credit rating, and janitorial.

McCabe already has called for funding nearly $700 million in new investments in the next two-year state budget by ending two unsuccessful subsidy programs and using the savings to make education and job training more affordable and bring high-speed Internet to parts of the state currently lacking access. He also plans to put in place two other measures to empower working people that involve no additional state spending. These include boosting wages by turning the state’s minimum wage into a living wage and expanding access to health care by changing a single word in state law to make nearly every state resident able to access affordable, high-quality health insurance through the BadgerCare program.

All of these steps to empower people are needed if Wisconsin is to have a prosperous middle class, McCabe said, noting that so far in the 21st Century no state has seen more shrinkage of the middle class than Wisconsin. The state also can tap upwards of $200 million a year in new revenue to invest in health and education by legalizing marijuana and taxing legal sales in licensed dispensaries, as McCabe has proposed. The more than $320 million gained each year by closing the MAC loophole for the rich also can be plowed into needed investments in infrastructure, education and health.

These investments, together with a lower state sales tax on the kinds of purchases low- and middle-income consumers make most, will solidify Wisconsin’s middle class, McCabe said.

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