If you are not sure what to ask a political candidate the next time you run into one, consider asking one or more of these questions. We can’t take credit for the questions, however. The questions came from Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.
If you do get a chance to ask a question of someone like Joan Ballweg, pictured above at Ripon College earlier this year, either in writing or in person, please record or jot down the answer and share it with us. We’d love to know where Ballweg, who represents the 41st Assembly District, stands on these issues.
1. Are you for banning gerrymandering in Wisconsin? In other words, do you back the Iowa model of independent, nonpartisan, and transparent map drawing by career civil servants – not the party in power?
2. Are you in favor of rewriting our campaign finance law to ban corporations, unions, and other groups from giving directly to political parties and legislative campaign committees?
3. Are you in favor of requiring those bogus “issue-advocacy” groups to disclose who is giving them money so that we can find out who is paying for all the mud they’re throwing at our screens in an election season?
4. Are you in favor of banning coordination between candidates and these bogus “issue-advocacy” groups?
5. Are you in favor of imposing a low ceiling on how much an individual can give to political parties? Right now in Wisconsin, the sky is the limit.
6. Are you in favor of imposing a low ceiling on how much an individual can give to a particular candidate? Right now, if you’re super rich, you may give $20,000 to each candidate for every statewide office: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and state supreme court justice.
7. Are you in favor of requiring donors to candidates to disclose the names of their employers, as campaigns were required to report for decades prior to the 2015 campaign finance law overhaul?
8. Are you in favor of public financing of elections?
9. Are you in favor of tight recusal rules for judges and justices when one of the parties to a case also happens to be, or represents, one of their big donors?
10. Are you in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution to proclaim, once and for all, that corporations aren’t persons and money isn’t speech?
If you ask Joan one of these questions, please keep track of your efforts and then share them with us. For example, if you call her office, make sure you get the name of the staffer you talk with and their response. Same goes for any emails your send. Keep track of when you send the email, the response you get, and how long you had to wait. Then share the information with us.
Here is Joan’s contact information
(888) 534-0041 toll free
Representative Joan Ballweg
State Capitol, Room 210 North
P.O. Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708
Wisconsin State Capitol, Room 210 North
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