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UPDATE: Bills to loosen election disclosure laws opposed by government watchdog groups

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Government watchdog groups are opposing a pair of Republican sponsored campaign finance bills.
One would allow lobbyists to donate during the legislative session, and the other would exempt political groups behind issue ads from disclosing donors. Both bills were introduced on Monday and were taken up for a public hearing before the Senate Elections Committee Wednesday afternoon. 
"This bill codifies into law enormous loopholes in campaign finance disclosure and further erodes the public's right to know who is spending money to influence their votes at election time," said Lisa Subeck, Exec. Director United Wisconsin. 
Gov. Walker says he is not pushing for the bills, and has not been engaged in discussions. 

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Government watchdog groups are gearing up for a hearing at the Wisconsin Capitol on Wednesday. The groups stand in opposition to a pair of Republican-sponsored bills, one allowing lobbyists to donate during the legislative session and another exempting political groups who produce issue ads from disclosing their donors.

Both bills are co-sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and have been put on the fast track in the waning days of the legislative session. They were introduced on Monday and scheduled for a public hearing before the Senate Elections Committee on Wednesday afternoon.

Jay Heck, director of Common Cause of Wisconsin, calls the bills a "sudden surprise attack" on election disclosure laws. Attorney Mike Wittenwyler, however, says the bills are "necessary updates to state law to keep up with modern campaign practices and developments with campaign finance case law." Wittenwyler works exclusively on campaign finance law.

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