Groups Oppose Campaign Donations Bills

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Government watchdog groups are opposing a pair of Republican-sponsored bills that would allow lobbyists to donate during the legislative session and exempt political groups behind issue ads from disclosing donors.

Both bills are moving quickly in the waning days of the legislative session. They were introduced on Monday and scheduled for a public hearing before the Senate Elections Committee on Wednesday.

Jay Heck, director of Common Cause of Wisconsin, calls the bills a "sudden surprise attack" on election disclosure laws. But attorney Mike Wittenwyler, an attorney who works extensively on campaign finance law, says the bills are "necessary updates to state law to keep up with modern campaign practices and developments with campaign finance case law."

The bills are co-sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

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