The Backdrop on the GAB Battle
by Matt Rothschild
Every day, there seems to be a new Republican attack on the Government Accountability Board. Today, in the Wisconsin State Journal, even former State Senator Mike Ellis, who championed its creation in 2007, took a shot at it.
And poor Kevin Kennedy, the director of the GAB, has faced more unfounded character assassination than anyone in Wisconsin since the days of Joe McCarthy.
At least Judge John Gerald Nichol, who is on the GAB board, defended Kennedy on “UpFront with Mike Gousha” yesterday. And Nichol stood up for basic good government when he said: "You have these outside groups with scads of money, looking to spend it on candidates and on issues; it should be transparent and people should be accountable.”
But that’s the point. Republican leaders like Scott Walker and Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald don’t want transparency and accountability. They, and the reactionary justices on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, want as much secret money as possible to flow into our political campaigns.
In a fundamental sense, they are assaulting democracy itself.
They don’t want one person, one vote. They want the wealthiest people in the country, and corporations, to have a disproportionate influence. And they have gerrymandered the state so that their own voters have a much greater say than anyone else’s.
Read more at Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.