Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) Admits It Buys Court influence

One of my favorite local blogs,, just posted this wonderfully revealing story that just about says it all about our pay to play system of government. The moneyed interests in our state bought our last two Supreme Court Justices, and are now ready to defend it:

"In what probably is one of the most obscene proposals ever to be submitted to the state's high court, the morally bankrupt group known as the WMC is requesting that..."
Daily Press Excerpt:...judges would not be required to step aside from cases involving groups or individuals no matter how much they spent to help their campaigns.

Daily Press Excerpt:"Individuals and organizations spend money to help elect a judicial candidate precisely because they want that candidate to be a judge — that is, to preside over cases, including their own," WMC attorney Mike Wittenwyler said in the petition. "There is nothing corrupt about that. That is democracy."
"That's not democracy - that's bold-faced corruption. In that case, why bother with campaign contributions? Why not just pay the judges directly for each court case?"

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