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Republicans lift fundraising ban with cowardly paper ballot

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Republicans lift fundraising ban with cowardly paper ballot

Postby Beaver » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:01 pm

More dirty tricks by the Assembly Republicans. Now they are lifting the fundraising ban during the budget period so rich donors can help them. They passed this with a cowardly paper ballot so as not to draw attention.

Assembly drops fundraising ban
http://badgerherald.com/news/2013/02/18 ... SQtqfKENdl

"The state Assembly approved a paper ballot vote Thursday to lift a ban on fundraising during the period of time when the budget is up for consideration, a measure some critics say could allow special interest groups to leverage their agendas through campaign donations. The policy, which was approved by the Committee on Assembly Organization, will allow members of the Assembly to raise funds anywhere in Wisconsin besides Dane County during the budget period, beginning when the budget is introduced and ending when the governor signs the bill into law...
The Assembly’s decision to lift this ban using paper ballot votes speaks to their desire to not draw attention to it, Heck said. Paper ballot votes are used in the Senate and Assembly to pass votes without holding public meetings. “It just indicates they’re not very proud of it,” Heck said. “They don’t want to make a big deal about it and draw attention from the press.”
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Re: Republicans lift fundraising ban with cowardly paper bal

Postby Steve Vokers » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:15 pm

I heard they now accept credit cards, PayPal, and wire transfers in addition to the more traditional unmarked envelopes stuffed with cash.
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Re: Republicans lift fundraising ban with cowardly paper bal

Postby gargantua » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:11 pm

Maybe they just got tired of pretending not to be for sale. Keeping up the appearance of being honest is tiresome, and with safe, gerrymandered districts, why bother?
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Re: Republicans lift fundraising ban with cowardly paper bal

Postby ArturoBandini » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:00 am

Wasn't there already a thread about this?

Quid pro quo happens. You're not going to prevent it by making a rule about when campaign contributions can or cannot be made. It's arguable that it's even better if such dealings were done out in the open, and when expected.
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Re: Republicans lift fundraising ban with cowardly paper bal

Postby acereraser » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:17 am

I have to admit, you are right ArturoBandini. The best place for them for them to accept money for votes would be on the legislature floor, right after the vote.
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Re: Republicans lift fundraising ban with cowardly paper bal

Postby Beaver » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:15 pm

ArturoBandini wrote:Wasn't there already a thread about this?

I didn't notice the other thread. The title wasn't helpful.
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