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Matt Rothschild

Matt Rothschild

Prior to joining the Democracy Campaign at the start of 2015, Matt worked at The Progressive magazine for 32 years. For most of those, he was the editor and publisher of The Progressive.

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Robin Vos plays with slimy GOP chew toy

By: - May 31, 2021

When Wisconsin Speaker Robin Vos announced on Wednesday that he was hiring three retired police officers and an attorney to look further into allegations of improprieties during the last election, he brought further disgrace upon himself. He just cannot let go of that slimy GOP chew toy. “A sizable chunk of people believe the election […]

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Election Day 2020 in Argyle, WI | Henry Redman

Don’t interfere with the freedom to vote

By: - April 8, 2021

Testimony by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Matthew Rothschild to the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Elections, Elections Process Reform, and Ethics on April 8, 2021. Chair Bernier, and other distinguished members of the Committee. I’m Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Now in our 26th year, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign tracks […]

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Virginia based GOP electioneering group spends big in Appeals Court race

By: - March 24, 2021

A Virginia-based electioneering group that supports conservative judicial candidates throughout the country has spent about $56,200 in a Wisconsin court of appeals race.The spending by the Republican State Leadership Committee – Judicial Fairness Initiative was for television ads to support Shelley Grogan, who is challenging incumbent Judge Jeffrey Davis for his seat on the three-member […]

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Ron Johnson, resign!

By: - March 16, 2021

Ron Johnson is an embarrassment to Wisconsin. He made that clear after Nov. 3 when he kept parroting Trump’s propaganda about the election. He made that clear after Jan. 6, when he blamed Nancy Pelosi for the violent mob and tried to claim that the ultra-rightwingers who trashed the Capitol were actually from the left. […]

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Boycott Uline

By: - March 12, 2021

I’m calling for a boycott of the Uline Corporation, the giant packaging company based in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Spurring me on for this call is an alum of Northwestern, who heard a report on WBEZ radio that the owners of Uline, Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein, had funded a group that was involved in the Jan. […]

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Con Con is back: Wisconsin GOP’s move to amend the Constitution

By: - March 3, 2021

The testimony below was given by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Matthew Rothschild before the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics on Wednesday in opposition to Joint Resolution 9 calling for an Article V convention of the states. Rep. Chuck Wichgers (R-Muskego) chairs the committee.  Chair Wichgers and members of the committee, My name is […]

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Trump serves up cold leftovers at CPAC

By: - March 1, 2021

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday, Donald Trump served up cold leftovers that have gone rancid. It was mostly a rerun of his old campaign speech (filled with his bragging until, yep, he said it again, “the China virus” hit) and his post-election rants about how he was “cheated” out of the […]

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Legislative campaign committees, Dem party accept excessive contributions

By: - February 25, 2021

Three legislative campaign committees and the state Democratic Party accepted excessive corporate and political action committee (PAC) contributions in 2020. State campaign finance law caps PAC and corporate contributions at $12,000 a year to each of the four legislative campaign committees and state parties.  A Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review of 2020 campaign finance reports found: […]

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Wisconsin parties and campaign committees got $1.6M from corporations in 2020

By: - February 24, 2021

The state Democratic and Republican parties and four legislative fundraising committees accepted $1.6 million in corporate contributions in 2020, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign preliminary review found. The state GOP and the two Republican legislative fundraising committees accepted $1.1 million in corporate contributions, or 69% of the total. The state Democratic Party and the two Democratic […]

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Wisconsin Republicans use the Big Lie as an excuse to make voting harder

By: - February 23, 2021

Well, it didn’t take Wisconsin Republicans long to try to capitalize on the Big Lie. On Feb. 22, State Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) — along with State Sen. Alberta Darling (R- River Hills) and State Reps. Cindi Duchow (R-Town of Delafield) and Ken Skowronski (R-Franklin) — circulated a batch of bills that would make it […]

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GOP electors accused of fraud contributed nearly $14K to state candidates

By: - February 17, 2021

Eight of 10 GOP stalwarts accused of fraudulently certifying former President Donald Trump as the winner of Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes have contributed nearly $14,000 since 2015 to legislative and statewide candidates. A complaint over the incident was filed with the Wisconsin Elections Commission by Paul Sickel, a director of the Service Employees International Union’s […]

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Crowds arrive for the "Stop the Steal" rally on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The lessons of impeachment

By: - February 14, 2021

Despite a mountain of irrefutable evidence that Donald Trump was guilty of inciting an insurrection, the U.S. Senate acquitted him. History will record this vote as a shameful abdication on the part of Republican senators. Only seven of them had the decency and the respect for our democracy to vote to convict: Richard Burr of […]