Last week it was revealed in an article; “Mayor Paul Soglin wants city contractors to disclose lobbying, contributions.”,
by Pat Schneider in the Capital Times that Madison Mayor Paul Soglin wants a resolution to require companies that bid on city contracts to disclose contributions to “…..advocacy organizations, including political action committees (PACs) and lobbying groups…..”, This article can be found at: http://host.madison.com/news/local/writ ... z2T4dS5ndX
The part of the article that bothers me the most is the following: “Legislative action since Gov. Scott Walker’s election — including Act 10 in 2011 curtailing the collective bargaining power of most public workers, and more recently, legislation setting levy limits for municipalities and restricting cities’ powers in tenant-landlord law — got Soglin wondering if companies supporting Republican causes would rather lobby against the city or do business with it. He’s betting that exposing such activities might prompt some companies to curtail them.”
Wow how about that attitude of "you’re either for us or you’re against us"; no dissent allowed in the halls of the power in this city. Maybe the next step is to have companies that contribute to conservative or Republican causes labeled as “Enemies of the City”.
All this leaves me with two questions: Out of curiosity what specific advocacy organizations by name, including PACs and lobbying groups should a corporation that does business with the City avoid contributing to? After all, one persons definition of “Republican causes” might be vastly different from someone else’s. Second, the article points out that this resolution was at the behest of Mayor Soglin. So is this in the City's interest or is it in the Mayors? That way some corporate CEO might avoid being on the City's or dare I say, "Soglin's enemies list".
BTW- There is a great caricature of Soglin as Stalin to be found on David Blaska’s Blog in “INBUSINESS Magazine” at http://www.ibmadison.com/Blogger/Bring- ... at-stupid/
I guess it can be said: “If the caricature fits, wear it.”