WI Gov Supports Status Quo over Tightening, Loosening Campaign Finance Laws

Wisconsin News (1/7): “Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, has called for changing state law to let businesses donate directly to political parties. Currently in Wisconsin, corporations cannot donate to candidates or parties, but some fund outside groups engaged in election-related advocacy. Vos, speaking to WisconsinEye, pitched direct giving as preferable because ‘it’s transparent, it has to be disclosed to the public, it’s all available online.’
[Governor Scott] Walker, however, is cool to this idea.

“’I have no interest in going down the path of other states” that allow corporate contributions, he said, citing Illinois as an example. ‘I don’t see a direct benefit in that.’

“The Legislature is also likely to make a fresh effort to raise contribution limits for candidates and parties. But Walker said ‘we were able to do just fine’ in the last election, in which individuals could give no more than $10,000 to his campaign.”

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