Weekly Update July 19th, 2015

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Justices who dismissed John Doe investigation received over $8 million from the groups being probed
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

The four justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court who just dismissed the John Doe investigation concerning alleged coordination between Scott Walker and so-called outside groups were aided enormously by some of the very groups that were party to the John Doe case.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Wisconsin Club for Growth, and Citizens for a Strong America — all of which are reportedly embroiled in the John Doe — together spent more than $8 million in support of Justice Patience Roggensack, Justice Annette Ziegler, Justice Michael Gableman, and Justice David Prosser.

“It boggles the mind that these justices are essentially saying that they can somehow be impartial when these parties to the case were spending huge wads of cash to get them elected,” says Matt Rothschild, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. “This doesn’t pass the smell test. The initials WMC are practically embroidered on their seats.”

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce spent about $5.6 million on these four conservative justices:

$500,000 in support of Roggensack

$1,100,000 in support of Prosser

$1,760,000 in support of Gableman

$2,200,000 in support of Ziegler.

Wisconsin Club for Growth spent about $1.75 million on the four conservative justices:

$350,000 in support of Roggensack

$400,000 in support of Ziegler

$500,000 in support of Gableman

and $500,000 in support of Prosser.

Citizens for a Strong America spent about $1 million in support of Prosser in his tightly contested reelection race against JoAnne Kloppenburg in 2011.

Had any of those justices lost, the balance of the court would have shifted from conservative to liberal. In the two closest elections, Prosser won by about 7,000 votes and Gableman by about 20,000.

One of the John Doe prosecutors, Francis Schmitz, who voted for Scott Walker, had asked at least one of these justices to recuse themselves—to not hear the case because of their conflict of interest.

In a U.S. Supreme court ruling in 2009 in Caperton v. Massey, the highest court in the land said that judges must recuse themselves from cases involving a party that had a “significant and disproportionate influence” on the judge getting elected.

None of the four justices that dismissed the John Doe did so.

This article originally appeared on Wisconsin Gazette.


Special Election for Milwaukee's 11th Aldermanic District is Tuesday July 21st

Be sure to make a plan to vote for Tim Carpenter.  
Tim has be a dedicated public servant for many years, promoting our Democratic values first in the State Assembly and currently in the State Senate.  If you know Tim, you know he works hard day in and day out to represent us to the best of his ability to ensure our voice is heard in Madison.  There is no doubt that he will continue to do that when we elect him as the Alderman for the 11th District of Milwaukee.  

This will be the first election in Milwaukee where Photo ID will be required.  Please check out this link to be sure you have what you need when going to the polls.  


St. Marcus School, Krier Center
2215 N. Palmer St., Milwaukee

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is putting the full-court press on the Department of Justice, trying to get them to drop the complaint against the voucher program which was filed by the ACLU and Disability Rights Wisconsin. Johnson has scheduled a hearing in Milwaukee in support of school choice programs in Wisconsin that does not currently include any speakers critical of the voucher program.

Schools and Communities United encourages public school supporters to attend this hearing.

Additional information on the hearing can be found here.

Southwest Dems August Fundraiser/Meetup

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Candidate Profile: Scott Walker

From the Onion

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker formally announced Monday that he will run for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election, bringing one of the frontrunners in early polls officially into the race. Here are some key facts to know about Walker:

Birthplace: Tea Party comment thread

Greatest Strength: Possesses image and political credentials necessary to appeal to both Koch brothers

Personal Beliefs: Reasonably well-concealed

Labor Union: Longtime member of Local Elected Officials 438

Personal Hero: Sixth-grade teacher who inspired him to strip educators of collective bargaining rights and dismantle publicly funded higher education

Greatest Accomplishment: Stood up to people who make living pulling others from burning buildings

House Band: The Walkettes

Gubernatorial Record: First governor in history to raise enough out-of-state funding to overcome recall challenge from own constituents

Chief Political Rival: Those who want to make a living wage

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