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Public Campaign Financing in Wisconsin: Showing Its Age

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Publication Date: August 2008

Publisher(s): Center for Governmental Studies (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Author(s): Steven M. Levin

Funder(s): JEHT Foundation

Funder(s): JEHT Foundation

Special Collection: CGS

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Keywords: Campaign finance reform

Type: Report

Coverage: Wisconsin


This report finds that while Wisconsin in 1977 adopted one of the first and best public campaign financing laws in the nation, the legislature's 1986 decision to limit funding to participating candidates made it difficult for them to compete. The report recommends that Wisconsin adopt a full public financing ("clean money") program, or implement a number of modest reforms to its existing system, including funding and spending limits for participating candidates.