Tuesday, March 17, 2015
National and State Organizations Urge Governor Scott Walker to Support Keeping the GAB As Is: Non-Partisan and Independent
A significant number of national and state advocacy organizations have sent a letter to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, urging he oppose – and veto if necessary – any changes to the operation or structure of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB), the state agency that oversees election, campaign finance, ethics and lobbying law.
The GAB was established in 2008 after being passed in the Wisconsin Legislature in early 2007 by a nearly unanimous vote and signed into law. It is the only non-partisan such agency in the nation and is considered a national model by election and campaign finance experts.
Legislative leaders have been critical of the GAB since before the 2014 election and have vowed to make changes that would make the agency more partisan and less independent. Legislation is expected to be introduced in the coming weeks.
A poll released Monday shows that 62 percent of Wisconsinites favor keeping the GAB independent, impartial and non-partisan with only ex-judges serving on the board. Only 12 percent favored changing the board to one that has some partisan members.
Support for keeping the GAB the way it is now was very high among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Democratic voters: 61% to 13%, Republicans: 57% to 14%, and Independents: 67% to 9%.
The letter to Governor Walker and the organizations signing it.
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