- August 25, 2009 - WCLO Radio, Janesville & Beloit
Listen to CC/WI executive director Jay Heck discuss the need for campaign finance reform and disclosure of phony issue ads on The Stan Milam Show.
- August 17, 2009 - Wisconsin State Journal
Doyle's dilemma: What to do with war chest when you have no war
Compared with the total amount raised in recent gubernatorial elections, $43,128 from a single PAC contribution is a relative pittance. In 2006, the race for governor generated about $35 million in contributions, with about $9 million raised by Doyle, $6 million by his Republican opponent, former congressman Mark Green, and almost $20 million spent by outside groups.
But that doesn’t mean Doyle, if he doesn’t run again, might not decide to spend some of his campaign cash that way, if only to leave his mark on the race.
“My guess is he will have some favorite in the (next) race for governor,” said Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting open government. “He could give some limited amount of money to them under the rules, and it would still be a symbol.”
Heck said his own preference would be for Doyle to return the money to his contributors, though he wasn’t holding his breath. Both Heck and Kennedy said it was rare for politicians leaving office to do that.
“I think when you’re running for an office, the money that you raise ought to come from the people who are supporting you for the office you are running for,” Heck said. “You shouldn’t be able to just transfer it around.”