Madison
71° F
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
Advertisement

Bill would require groups to reveal donors

Published On: May 01 2013 11:10:04 AM CDT
Campaign ads getting nasty

CNN Image

MADISON, Wis. -

Two state senators have re-introduced a bill that would require special interest groups who put out campaign issue ads to report their donors and spending.

Wisconsin law generally requires organizations that spend to influence an election to file financial reports. Many groups can get around that requirement, though, by running ads that don't explicitly tell voters to vote for or against a specific candidate, instead imploring viewers to contact a candidate and complain about his or her policies.

Under the bill, groups that distribute ads that clearly identify a candidate within 60 days of an election would be required to file financial reports with the state.

The bill's chief sponsors, Sens. Mike Ellis and Jon Erpenbach have been trying to pass issue ad disclosure requirements for years.

Advertisement
  • Pollution, smoke stacks

    Reuters

    Climate change: By the numbers

    Climate change will be front and center at this week's United Nations Climate Summit. Here's a look at climate change by the numbers.

  • Cruise missile strikes against ISIS, Syria

    CNN

    Timeline: Unrest in Syria

    The U.S. and several Arab nations have begun airstrikes in Syria -- the latest chapter in a bloody civil war. Learn about the major events in the country's tumultuous uprising.

  • Education school students desks

    States with the most/least homeless students

    U.S. public schools enrolled a record 1.3 million homeless students in 2012-13, up 8 percent from the previous year. Take a look at states with the most - and least - homeless students.

Advertisement