Bill Leuders writes
about our state's political parties and their views on campaign finance reform. To sum up, the Dems are for it. The GOP, not so much.
At the intersection of money and politics, the worlds embraced by the two parties collide.
The GOP platform has a resolution on “Election Reform.” It calls for the elimination of same day registration, which “contributes to errors and fraud.” And it lambastes the “judicial activism” that has blocked enforcement of the state’s new law requiring voters to present a photo ID. Two Dane County judges have deemed this law unconstitutional.
In its sole mention of campaign financing, the state GOP urges “the repeal of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act of 2002,” much of which has already been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the Democrats’ platform rails against the main blow to McCain-Feingold, the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United, which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts on political campaigns.
“Our goal is a government and an electoral process free of the corrupting influences of money and power,” the party asserts. “A new amendment to the Constitution must be adopted to make clear that corporations are not people and that money is not speech.”
The Democrats’ platform also calls for “transparent, publicly funded state and national elections.” Last year in Wisconsin, Republicans obliterated the state’s mechanism for public financing of elections — including funding for state Supreme Court races, in place for just one election.