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Koch Brothers Setting Up Wisconsin Shadow Group PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 14:11

koch-brothersMADISON - On Sunday the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel uncovered the latest attempt by the Koch brothers to set up a shadow group to mislead Wisconsinites in an attempt to buy Wisconsin's elections and advance their bottom line.

The Kochs are hungry to aid Senator Johnson who they've called their "model U.S. Senator" and are currently hiring staff for the "LIBRE Initiative." The organization aims to block comprehensive immigration reform by electing opponents of bipartisan reform efforts and degrade public education by spending untold amounts of money targeting Wisconsin's Hispanic community.

"This is another example of the Koch brothers' willingness to say or do anything to buy Wisconsin's elections to support their out-of-touch agenda on the backs of Wisconsin middle-class families and workers," said Kory Kozloski, executive director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

The LIBRE organization refuses to voluntarily disclose where any of its funds come from. Federal reports indicate it has received millions from Freedom Partners, an organization dubbed "The Koch ATM" in national news stories.

The Koch brother's LIBRE organization also employs Rachel Campos-Duffy, wife of U.S. Rep Sean Duffy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 14:14
Bipartisan Support for “Revolving Door” Bill PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 14:06

dana_wachsMADISON - On Monday, State Representative Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) announced the introduction of the “Revolving Door” bill. This bipartisan proposal would prohibit any individual who serves as a member of the Wisconsin State Legislature from being employed as a lobbyist for 12 months following the date on which they leave office. Of the 29 total co-sponsors of the bill, there are 11 Legislative Republicans, including Senate co-author Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville).

“I am pleased to have bipartisan support for the ‘Revolving Door’ bill,” said Wachs. “Now more than ever it is important that we restore public confidence in legislative ethics. This bill will ensure that those who are elected to the Legislature to serve their constituents will do so without the goal of ‘cashing in’ for a high-paying special interest job later. Other states have similar ‘cooling off’ periods, and it’s time that Wisconsin takes this important step.”

This is a similar proposal to one that was introduced by Rep. Wachs during the previous legislative session. 2013 AB 51/SB 33 failed to receive a public hearing or be given a vote in either the Senate or Assembly.

“I’m hopeful that with such strong bipartisan support we can pass this bill into law,” added Wachs. “It is crucial that we close the revolving door from lawmaker to lobbyist in Wisconsin. Our job as legislators should be to focus on creating jobs for others, not for ourselves.”

Republican Sen. Gudex Not Seeking Re-Election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Monday, 30 November 2015 16:03

rick-gudexMADISON – State Senator Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) will not seek re-election, State Senate Democratic Committee Executive Director Matt Ullsvik confirmed in a statement released earlier today.

"Clearly Senator Gudex felt the public’s growing dissatisfaction with the special interest agenda being pushed by Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans," said Ullsvik. "Their record of slashing family wages, cutting local school funding and delaying critical road projects has failed Wisconsin. Rather than another rubber stamp for Gov. Walker’s divide-and-conquer politics, Fox Valley families deserve a Senator willing to stand up for their values, grow the economy and strengthen the middle class.”

"Senate Democrats continue to gain momentum across Wisconsin as families look for real solutions to the problems that Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans have created," according to Ullsvik. "With control of the State Senate hanging in the balance, an open seat in the 18th District presents an important opportunity to restore accountability and undo the damage of the last five years.”

Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2015 16:18
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