A ‘clean elections tour’ is being touted by Democrats in the legislature. It’s the proposal of state Representative Jeff Smith, an Eau Claire Democrat who promises this will be a case of politicians listening to the public.
Smith says the state’s current campaign financing system – based on a one dollar state income tax checkoff – is poorly supported by the public. But Mark Jefferson, executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, suggests the public ought to beware of any promise of reform by Democrats
Jefferson says he hopes Democrats will take the opportunity to talk about fair and clean elections, with things like photo ID to vote and an investigation of ACORN. Smith says the Assembly Committee on Elections and Campaign Reform will hold hearings in Madison and Green Bay, the Milwaukee area, and Eau Claire.