Plain Talk: Yes, We Need Referendum on Unlimited Campaign Spending

January 28, 2013 | | Madison Capital Times |

It falls into the good-luck-with-that category, but nevertheless the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group and nine other organizations have announced they’re forming a coalition aimed at getting the Wisconsin Legislature to put an advisory referendum on the ballot about the growing problem of unlimited campaign spending.

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A report by the national organization Demos and WISPIRG called “Billion Dollar Democracy” reveals that it took just 32 billionaires and corporations giving an average of $9.9 million apiece to super PACS to match every single dollar that small donors gave to the Romney and Obama campaigns in this past presidential election.

“When a tiny group of wealthy donors fuels political campaigns, they get to set the agenda in Washington, and the rest of us are left to argue over that agenda,” pointed out Adam Lioz, one of the report’s authors.