This week’s ruling by the Wisconsin Ethics Commission that it was not illegal for a sitting state legislator to set up his or her own political action committee is frustrating and disheartening.
More and more it feels like there is nothing to stop the influence of big money and dark money in politics today.
And now apparently it’s OK for a politician to have both their own campaign committee and an issue advocacy group that can raise money in secret.
The nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign filed the original complaint and asks if, in light of the Ethics Commission’s ruling, Wisconsin is now open for bribery. It certainly feels that way.
It would be one thing if elected officials had the personal honesty and sense of responsibility to be open about who they were coordinating with and who was contributing to their PACs. But that’s not the political world we live in, and the courts and our government commissions are not helping.