Wis. Creates Public Fund For High Court Campaigns

Law360, New York (December 7, 2009, 7:58 PM EST) -- Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has signed a law that will provide full public funding for judicial candidates running for the state's Supreme Court if they agree to a $400,000 spending maximum.

Doyle announced that he had signed the law, Wisconsin Senate Bill 40, on Dec. 1. The bill would create a so-called democracy trust fund to finance judicial elections.

“We have all seen how interest groups can sway the outcome of Wisconsin Supreme Court elections,” Doyle said. “This legislation is an important campaign finance reform that...
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