EDITOR: In a democracy, every vote should be equal. Every citizen's voice should be heard. Unfortunately, that is not the case today. Those with the most money speak loudest in American politics. The Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision allows corporations and super PACs to spend unlimited amounts on elections without disclosure and accountability, essentially legalizing bribery. It's easy to feel helpless when faced with this avalanche of money and power.
The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, watchdog group, has fought tirelessly for honest and transparent government since its inception in 1995. By providing Wisconsin's only searchable online database of contributors to state campaigns, it makes following the political money trail easy and accessible to all citizens.
Considered Wisconsin's leading voice of reform, the Democracy Campaign is the driving force behind campaign finance, ethics and election reforms, as well as investigations into illegal activity in state politics.
The Democracy Campaign's work to shed light on the influences behind policymakers' decisions is now more critical than ever before. As director Mike McCabe said, "Somebody needs to expose corruption, blow the whistle on wrongdoing and fight to keep government as clean, open and honest as possible."
Sadly, the group's primary funder, the Joyce Foundation, has decided to pull its support, leaving the Democracy Campaign in danger of having to end its work. If you believe in the importance of holding government officials accountable for representing you, not special-interest money, please join us in donating what you can to save this vital organization. Visit www.wisdc.org and help to spread this message far and wide.