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Why Is State Senator Glenn Grothman Afraid Of Campaign Cash Transparency?

September 29, 2011

Right off the top I have a few questions I want my readers to ponder.

Why would it be wrong for state citizens to want to know who is funding the campaigns of our elected officials?

Why should voters not want to know what large corporations or special interests fund the campaigns of those who seek our support on Election Day?

Is it wrong to understand the motives of those who give large amounts of money to a candidate?

Does not the acceptance of large political donations also tell us something about a candidate?

As we all have heard by now State Senator Glenn Grothman has a desire to make the political process more cloudy and confusing for the average state citizen. 

On Thursday the West Bend Republican promoted his proposal to end a requirement that donors to political campaigns disclose who their employer is when making a contribution.  Senator Grothman is just plain wrong in his attempt to undermine clean government, and stymie democracy in Wisconsin.

Senator Grothman does not like the campaign law as currently written due to the strong backlash on companies that made political donations to Scott Walker.  Public employees committed themselves to boycotting certain companies that had worked to elect Walker after he worked feverishly to undermine collective bargaining.

Senator Grothman has been in politics long enough to know that campaign cash comes with a string attached.  The quid pro quo way of doing business in politics is as old as the first election itself.  That is why so many have argued for so long about reducing the cost of elections, and limiting the ways and amounts that money can be funneled to a candidate.

As a state citizen who wants to stay informed on the workings of government, and as a voter who wants to know who is trying to buy favors with a candidate I not only want, but need, to know where political monies come from.  When I better understand which group or corporation has given sizable amounts to a campaign I then have a much better way to evaluate how a candidate, if elected, will deal with certain issues.

There is no way that Grothman does not appreciate the fact that politicians return favors for the cash they receive.  Yes, they all deny any association between the money reaped at election time, and the act of governing.  While I was born on a Saturday, it was not this past week.  So please, Senator, give me a break, along with the rest of the state.

I think I speak for the vast majority of state residents when I say the people of Wisconsin have a right to know who are helping to get people elected to offices that will have an impact on all our lives.

  1. KentMueller permalink
    October 1, 2011 1:23 AM

    It’s part of the Permanent GOP Majority plan. What he wants to let happen is to allow more future Bill Gardner/Wisconsin Southern- type corporate donations without, you know, the messy consequences. That’s what this is about.

  2. CommonCents permalink
    September 30, 2011 8:10 AM

    Dumb idea! We need even more light shown on who finances political campaigns, so that people can better understand why their elected representatives so often do not look out for their interests. It is, however, good to know that the boycotts against those businesses that finance anti-working class agendas is having an impact. Otherwise, Senator Grothman would not be introducing this legislation. Keep boycotting Johnsonville, Sargento, Russ Darrow and Bergstrom, and Georgia-Pacific! There are other Wisconsin based companies we can buy the same products from and, thus, not hurt our economy.

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