Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects recusal changes when campaign donors are litigants

Patrick Marley
Apr 20, 2017
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But attorneys with the Campaign Legal Center, a national group that supports limits on campaign spending, argued it is essential that the court revisit its disqualification rules because state lawmakers last year rewrote the law to make it plain that candidates can work closely with groups that don't disclose their election spending.

"Because coordination is now legally permissible between judicial candidates and so-called 'issue advocacy' organizations, this court cannot rely on campaign finance laws to guard against the appearance or reality of corruption, much less to protect due process and the public perception of the judiciary," attorneys Brendan Fischer and Catherine Hinckley Kelley wrote in a filing last month.

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