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More than a dozen states could throw out donation caps after McCutcheon ruling

By Michael Beckel

A Supreme Court ruling elminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… aid. Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the District of Columbia all currently have laws on the books …"

"… of a lawsuit.” Officials in Connecticut, Maine, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., also said they were reviewing the Supreme Court’s …"

New report ranks best, worst states for kids of all ethnicities

By Susan Ferriss

Ethnic minority children will be majority of U.S. kids in four years, but face barriers to success in some places.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… African-American kids face especially daunting obstacles in Mississippi, Wisconsin and Michigan. Native American kids face the biggest challenges in South Da …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… iety Foundations. See the Center’s list of donors here. …"

"… ill have absolutely no regrets if she doesn’t run,” Bremer Muggli, the Wisconsin attorney, said of her donations. Similarly, none of the other Ready for H …"

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… ren spent $110,000 in outside spending supporting three candidates for the Wisconsin State Assembly in the run-up to an election on Nov. 19, 2013. Great Seatt …"

"… ed Michael Apple, who specializes in education policy at the University of Wisconsin. The same is true of the groups’ donors. “If you look at Broad, Bloom …"

"… rs but lists Tepper among its trustees. A special legislative election in Wisconsin and a school board race in Seattle proved ripe battlegrounds for political …"

Congress twists the relevant facts on purpose

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Congressional Budget Office report deliberately distorted.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… employers decide our services are no longer needed. As Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 GOP vice-presidential nominee, said during the Congressional deb …"

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… n, D.C.-based RGA routed $1.5 million first through its state affiliate in Wisconsin and then to its state affiliate in Pennsylvania before the money found its …"

"… to Corbett’s campaign war chest. Corporate donations are illegal in both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. That shuffling of funds is fairly common to both groups …"

Pro-gay marriage Republican group boosted by Karl Rove’s super PAC

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer's 'American Unity' super PAC received $53,000 from American Crossroads last year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… upporting Tommy Thompson, the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Thompson, who has oppose …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… losed financial support — of unidentified amounts — to the Alliance of Wisconsin Retailers LLC in 2012, which backs priorities favorable to the companies. …"

"… tenger — are currently authorized to lobby on the Alliance’s behalf in Wisconsin, and the LLC’s legislative priorities have included advocating for a mea …"

‘Nonpartisan’ gun rights group boosted by Democratic-aligned America Votes

By Adam Wollner and Michael Beckel

Nearly all of 'nonpartisan' Bull Moose Sportsmen's funding has come from a Democratic-aligned nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… f dollars promoting Democrats and attempting to defeat Republicans such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — was created in 2004 by a group of liberal political …"

"… ed nearly $1 million into groups supporting recall efforts against Walker, Wisconsin’s governor, and other Republican lawmakers. More recently, the group tu …"

State judges: We don't need no stinkin' disclosure

By John Dunbar, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Officials defend limited financial disclosure for high court judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. The Center found that Wisconsin Justice Ann Walsh Bradley had participated in a 2011 case involving N …"

State supreme court judges reveal scant financial information

By Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Despite universally poor disclosure rules, Center finds numerous conflicts among state high court judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… after a judge has been admonished, the problems do not end. In 2007, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler was officially warned by a stat …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… . Nearly $24 was spent per registered voter, more than double the ratio in Wisconsin, which ranked a distant second, according to the Center’s analysis. Lam …"

"… rougher go of it in 2012. National unions, seemingly shattered following Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s easy victory in a recall election the previous June, …"

"… Walker who pushed to eliminate the collective bargaining rights of many of Wisconsin’s public sector unions. Walker, who was able to raise unlimited amounts …"

"… titive. In total, outside groups reported spending at least $30 million in Wisconsin state elections last year, though millions more were likely spent on “is …"

State pro-business organizations are publicly funded, but privately controlled

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… ion could divulge confidential corporate data. Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Wyoming, Rhode Island and Virginia have also created similar entiti …"

"… ued the state, arguing the liquor sales lease is illegal. Altered states Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also created a public-private entity, the Wisconsin Econ …"

"… tes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also created a public-private entity, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, in 2011. While the corporation is subjec …"

'America Votes' spent nearly $1 million on Wisconsin recall

By Adam Wollner

Progressive nonprofit, fueled by unions, targeted Wisconsin recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… ral nonprofit group with significant union funding, made the 2011 and 2012 Wisconsin recall elections a top priority, providing a major cash infusion to a hand …"

"… e Center for Public Integrity. Of the total, $725,400 went to the Greater Wisconsin Committee and $150,000 went to We Are Wisconsin, a nonprofit launched shor …"

"… 25,400 went to the Greater Wisconsin Committee and $150,000 went to We Are Wisconsin, a nonprofit launched shortly after Walker announced his controversial leg …"

"… e bargaining. America Votes also gave nearly $45,000 to Citizen Action of Wisconsin and $20,000 to Wisconsin Progress. America Votes is a “social welfare …"

Obamacare's hidden battle: insurance agents push state regulation of guides to new marketplaces

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Insurance agents talk state legislators into regulating Obamacare's consumer helpers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… st coming this year, including Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Texas, Indiana and Wisconsin. (Illinois’ Gov. Pat Quinn has yet to sign that state’s law. Louisiana …"

Super PAC forms to elect liberal women governors

By Adam Wollner

Former EMILY's List official starts group to boost liberal, female gubernatorial candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… t exclusively — by men.” This month, Republican Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio each signed contentious anti-abortion bills into l …"

State campaign contribution limits on the rise

By Adam Wollner

Individual campaign contribution limits are on the rise as states hedge against super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… o spend more time with the few people who give them more,” Bender said. Wisconsin appears poised to become the next state to enact higher contribution limit …"

Wisconsin justice's spouse head of union-busting law firm

By Chris Young

Wisconsin Supreme Court justice married to head of firm that battles unions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… ions remain about how the law applies to state employees.     …"

"… n Walsh Bradley’s husband is Mark J. Bradley, a lawyer for Ruder Ware, a Wisconsin-based law firm that specializes in decertifying unions and other pro-busin …"

"… re is representing a party,” he said. Marsha Mansfield, a University of Wisconsin law professor who specializes in legal ethics, says the justice’s ethica …"

"… he adds, “it has to be more than just a perceived bias.” According to Wisconsin’s Code of Judicial Conduct, judges should sit out cases in which judges …"

Justice for sale in state supreme court elections?

By Bill Buzenberg

Outside groups are funneling more and more money into state races, which is a trend the Center will be following.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… earch focused on Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The influence of nonprofits and super PACs has changed the nature of sta …"

D.C.-based groups bombarded state high court races with ads

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Nearly $12 million spent by super PACs and nonprofits in 2012-13 state supreme court races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… sway the course of that judicial race as well. *** Earlier this year in Wisconsin, pro-business groups spent nearly $700,000 in the state supreme court race …"

"… lone. State supreme court races were expensive affairs in recent years in Wisconsin, but this year’s contest was more subdued as liberal groups didn’t spe …"

Lax state rules provide cover for sponsors of attack ads

By Alan Suderman

In 30 states it’s impossible to total how much money outside groups are spending on campaigns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… orth Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin — received an “A” grade, meaning the states’ laws were at least as …"

Colbert Busch backed by D.C.-based groups

By Dave Levinthal

Nearly all independent expenditures made in S.C. special election come from beltway benefactors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… f Illinois, Antietam Communications of Georgia, Creative Associates LLC of Wisconsin and Kasey Kirby of Washington, D.C. And it’s particularly significant si …"

Gun lobby's money and power still holds sway over Congress

By Alan Berlow and Gordon Witkin

But lawmakers' fear may not be entirely justified.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… unting licenses each year (2.5 million in 2012) than any state except Wisconsin. And Toomey has been the Senate’s leading beneficiary of NRA largesse. I …"

Earth Day 2013

A look at some of the Center's award-winning environmental reporting.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… of Earth Day, an invention of Gaylord Nelson — then a senator from Wisconsin — that triggered the environmental movement. Back in 1970, as the …"

Governors’ groups rely increasingly on 'dark money' affiliates

By Paul Abowd

Powerful state governors' associations are pumping more funds into nonprofit arms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… 011. It sent its largest grant to the Midwest, where the nonprofit Greater Wisconsin Committee was mobilizing against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget b …"

"… mobilizing against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill. Greater Wisconsin put the $425,000 grant toward a multimillion dollar ad campaign against Wa …"

"… David Prosser, a conservative candidate who won his re-election bid to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2011.  Both the RGA and DGA fueled a ballot initiat …"

Conflicts of interest run rampant in state legislatures

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Legislation may overlap with business interests but part-time lawmakers vote anyway.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… nd some people have pushed to shorten sessions in California, Michigan and Wisconsin. But some experts and lawmakers say part-time legislatures harbor systemi …"

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act headed for President's signature

By Kristen Lombardi

Measure takes on issues raised by Center probe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… etailing how her allegations of rape by a crew member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison took the university nine months to investigate, before deciding ag …"

Rep. Gutierrez meets on Capitol Hill with families torn apart by 1996 immigration law

By Susan Ferriss

Separated families meet with Rep. Gutierrez, hoping to be included in proposed reforms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… es for reform among some Republicans, he said, including Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the former vice presidential contender, and Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. …"

Non-political nonprofit's spending spikes in election years

By Dave Levinthal

Law says groups like Americans for Job Security cannot make politics its primary purpose.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… bama and another $650,000 to oppose Eric Hovde, a U.S. Senate candidate in Wisconsin, during a Republican primary. The organization, which was founded and run …"

ATF's struggle to close down firearms dealers

By Fred Schulte

Agency's crippled oversight of the industry means troubled gun dealers can stay open for years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… answers to a questionnaire) that they were prohibited from buying them. A Wisconsin pawnbroker with a history of infractions allegedly sold two rifles to a …"

"… her violations could cost them their licenses. For instance, ATF cited the Wisconsin dealer in 2004 for seven instances of selling a firearm to persons who “ …"