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MONEY & POLITICS: Rent-to-own push may finally pay off

9:20 PM, Mar. 21, 2013
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For more than two decades, the rent-to-own industry, which leases such goods as televisions, appliances and furniture, has been fighting to free itself from certain provisions of Wisconsin law. Throughout, it has lubricated the gears of change with campaign donations and lobbying outlays.

"It's something you have to do - what everybody does," says Jeff Lebakken, president of the Wisconsin Rental Dealers Association, the main group pushing this change.

Lebakken, the owner of an Eau Claire-based rent-to-own company with 11 state stores, has given more than $33,000 to Wisconsin ...

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