Making Democracy Work

Current Issues Under Study

Know Your County Survey

New local study underway
The newly formed Know Your County Committee is off to a quick start. The survey designed by the LWVUS is meant to educate county citizens inside and outside the League on our county government--its history, structure, and functions.

The Committee plans to share materials throughout the coming League year in the VOTER newsletter.

As part of the Know Your County survey, Sarajane Kennedy interviewed former Milwaukee County Executive, Tom Ament. The interview is available to watch online here.

Campaign Finance Reform

League's History with Campaign Finance Reform
The LWVUS adopted a position on Campaign Finance in 1974 coming out of study and agreement in 1973. The position was revised in March 1982 to read as follows: "The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the methods of financing political campaigns should ensure the public's right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process." Based on that national position, the LWVWI joined with the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign in 1997 to address campaign finance reform, and in statements in 2007 and beyond has argued that any such bill allow only small private contributions; limit any out-of-state contributions to a very small portion of the total contributions; and require that sources of contributions and disbursements be fully and publicly identified in a timely manner. For the LWVUS position on Campaign Finance see here. Additional information can be found here. For LWVWI's position on Campaign Finance, see this opinion and this opinion.