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The article published in the editorial page today of MJS, p.9A, by Cindy Kilkenny, a Brookfield blogger and political columnist, is simply stated "she nailed it". She is to be commended by attending a Senate Committee meeting to oppose Senate Bill 282 and other collateral legislation and taking a stand against the grain of her fellow Republicans. You don't see that much of that these days!
Details are not important to me because this is just another attempt by legislators to cater to big donor money interests and keep them safely in bed under the covers of secrecy.
The Republican Senate reasons that the principle place of the donors employment be eliminated. For my entire political career of some 60 years I have been proud to disclose my employment status as a money donor. Now for the purpose of secrecy and hidden agendas the senate proposes a new eliminating the need to tell the truth about who makes political donations. The WHY is then more difficult to figure out.
The senate argument of harassment to donors' employees is a fantasy not proven.
Citizens have the right to "follow the money" . Transparency, honest and open government are reasons enough to kill this Bill. If it passes there will be court challenges and protests.
By fast tracking this proposed law there is a suspicion of the need for (more) secrecy in government and to have(more) hidden agendas. The US Supreme Court has already declared that corporations are people (contrary to my corporation law school professor at Marquette Law School). We have tax exempt organizations that hide behind the guise of charitable activity and phoney cash payouts for lectures and soon to be trips to the moon. KILL THE BILL. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!