Political activist paints bleak picture of campaign funding

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Stan Stricker
February 10, 2009

Campaign spending has gotten out of control, according to Mike McCabe with the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

During a Janesville League of Women Voters panel discussion Tuesday night, McCabe explained how the average citizen is being left out of the legislative process. McCabe says in just 25 years, the campaign costs for a contested Assembly race went from about $10,000, to as much as $1 million. He says since an average person can't raise that kind of money, average people aren't being represented.

He says perhaps the most troubling aspect is, this escalation in campaign costs fueled by contributions from special interest groups, is legal.

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