Is fundraising during budget talks a good idea?

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Greg Peck
February 20, 2013

The Assembly Organization Committee voted 5-3 along party lines last Thursday to again open the door to fundraising during budget deliberations. The vote lets Assembly members, their campaign committees and support committees raise money anywhere except in Dane County, unless their districts include that county.

The ban was enacted under Democratic control and continued in the last session under then-Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the change returns the Assembly to matching how the Senate conducts its business.

Is this a big concern or no big deal?

We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Thursday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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