Questions are being raised about special interest contributions to Governor Jim Doyle's inaugural. The governor's inauguration committee is planning two days of events surrounding Doyle?s second term swearing in ceremony. To pay for it, businesses around the state are being asked to donate a gift of 5 to 50-thousand dollars.
Jay Heck of Common Cause Wisconsin says it does raise questions: "The level of donations seem to be getting higher, from 25-thousand to fifty thousand in four years," says Jay Heck of Common Cause Wisconsin, adding that it does raise questions. "Whether or not there will be a sense of being beholden to these corporations."
The governor's office says absolutely not, but Heck feels it would be better if it were truly a citizens' inauguration, with smaller donations of 20 to 25 dollars; "the quality of the shrimp might not be as high, but people would probabely feel better about it and have a better time."