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Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Mar 18, 2020

Report: Outside spending favors Karofsky in court race

Outside groups have spent far more to support liberal state Supreme Court challenger Jill Karofsky than incumbent conservative Justice Dan Kelly, according to a report released Tuesday.

Jan 25, 2017

Recusal proposal would put state on track with US Supreme Court decision

Since 1999, the American Bar Association’s model code for judicial conduct has set limits on how much judges can receive from the parties or lawyers in a particularly case before having to recuse themselves.

Sep 19, 2014

Book rips into both political parties

Any lingering doubts about the nonpartisan bona fides of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the state campaign finance watchdog, should be annihilated by Mike McCabe’s new book, “Blue Jeans in High Places.”

Jul 25, 2013

Outside spending on high court race tops $1.2 million (UPDATE)

Even though independent groups spent $1.2 million on the spring’s Supreme Court election, the contest was one of the cheapest in recent years.

Mar 27, 2013

Spending subdued in state’s high court race

What if they held a Wisconsin Supreme Court election and nobody spent staggering sums trying to influence its outcome?

Dec 27, 2011

View from around the state: Justice’s decisions leave bad perception

Just when you thought it was safe, more disappointing news came out this month about our state Supreme Court.

Dec 21, 2011

Another investigation requested into Gableman

Madison (AP) - A government watchdog group is requesting another investigation into Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman for accepting free legal services from a law firm with cases before the high court.

Dec 20, 2011

Lawmaker calls for investigation of court justice (UPDATE)

A government watchdog group and a Democratic state lawmaker on Tuesday called for investigations into free legal services Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman received from a prominent law firm.

Dec 12, 2011

Federal appeals court strikes down Wis. donation law (UPDATE)

A federal appeals court has struck down a Wisconsin law limiting how much any one person can donate to independent political action groups.

Sep 16, 2011

Senators introduce legislation that would abolish Supreme Court elections

Two state senators introduced legislation Thursday that would eliminate the election of state Supreme Court justices and replace that system with an appointment process based on merit.

Jul 6, 2011

Walker, donors accused of breaking finance law (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state insurance commissioner Ted Nickel and nine other donors to Republican Gov. Scott Walker have been accused of breaking the state’s campaign finance law. Watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign filed a complaint Wednesday with the Government Accountability Board related to donations that exceeded the $10,000 limit allowed to be […]

Mar 25, 2011

High court conflict threatens credibility

Friendship is not a job requirement for the co-workers on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. But the level of animosity among some members of the court, particularly illustrated by the public spat between Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice David Prosser, will lead to a drop in productivity, said Erin Johnston, a Chicago-based workplace conflict resolution […]

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