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Michigan attorney general wants the Legislature to crack down on dark money

Attorney General Dana Nessel’s comments come after her department’s investigation into allegations of corruption and sexual assault against the state’s former speaker of the House. Matt Cohen Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative in November to amend the state’s Constitution to require state lawmakers to disclose their finances. Until it takes effect next year, Michigan remains one … Continued

How billionaire Jeffrey Yass uses his wealth to fund far-right politics

The billionaire businessman has spent tens of millions of dollars to influence elections in Pennsylvania since 2010. Matt Cohen In the days leading up to the May 16 Democratic mayoral primary election in Philadelphia, television ads aired and mailers circulated attacking Helen Gym, the progressive candidate in the race. The line of attacks centered on a 2019 pharmaceutical … Continued

Right-wing think tank tied to dark money jumps into Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Matt Cohen The Republican State Leadership Committee placed a $200,000 ad buy in support of conservative Justice Daniel Kelly last week. The Republican State Leadership Committee, a right-wing think tank and political organization, announced last week that it will spend $200,000 in Wisconsin in support of conservative justice Daniel Kelly’s run for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The … Continued

Uihlein money runs deep in Daniel Kelly’s Wisconsin Supreme Court campaign

Matt Cohen Kelly’s campaign has received at least $6 million from groups associated with far-right megadonor Dick Uihlein. Research contributed by Evan Vorpahl of True North Research. At least five political action committees supporting Daniel Kelly for Wisconsin Supreme Court have deep financial ties to Dick Uihlein, the controversial billionaire owner of the Uline shipping and business … Continued

How Daniel Kelly worked with the GOP to fuel election denialism

Matt Cohen The conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate was involved in a GOP scheme to submit fake electors to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and was part of a nine-city ‘election integrity’ tour in 2022. In August 2020, Judge Daniel Kelly, who had been appointed to an empty seat on the Wisconsin … Continued

Daniel Kelly slammed legal abortion as promoting ‘sexual libertinism’

Matt Cohen At the same time, the Republican candidate has spoken out against same-sex marriage and accused pro-choice organizations of seeking to ‘preserve sexual libertinism.’ When former Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker picked Daniel Kelly to fill a vacancy on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2016, he said that Kelly’s “extensive real-world experience, combined with … Continued

Meet the groups backing right-wing Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates

Matt Cohen The groups have ties to a national anti-abortion group, election deniers, and a major conservative donor. As the race to fill the impending vacancy on the Wisconsin Supreme Court heads to a primary election next week, special interest groups are spending tens of thousands of dollars in support of the two conservative candidates … Continued