Friday - May 29, 2015
Reform victories, as most of you know, have been few and far between in Wisconsin since Scott Walker and a big, anti-reform majority in the Legislature seized power in 2010.
So when we score one, however small, it is sweet.
On Tuesday, we issued a statewide alert and release calling out State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), the Co-Chair of the budget-crafting Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) and her Assembly counterpart, State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), for scheduling a fundraising event (for Darling) in Madison while JCF was still writing the state budget.
The Wisconsin State Journal Wednesday morning joined our call for Senator Darling to cancel her campaign cash lobbyist shakedown Thursday in Madison. The Capital Times also weighed in, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did as well. The Beloit Daily News urged the Senator to "wait until later to vacuum cash."
In addition, we generated numerous calls and e-mails into Darling's office telling her to cancel. Wednesday afternoon, Darling relented and cancelled the event.
So, we won! And in the process, we excited some reform-minded citizens like us and gave us hope that collective action and attracting favorable media attention can still change minds and cause discomfort for elected officials in this state.
Many of you helped in this effort by contacting Senator Darling. And she heard you. Thank you!
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