To the Editor,

It is interesting keeping up with the see-saw goings on with the court challenged John Doe investigation. Is the secret John Doe probe alive, dead, or somewhere in between?

We now know that the court battles are partly about free speech. Does a person, group, or company have the right to anonymously spend as much as it wants whenever it wants in order to promote a candidate or an issue?

Mostly the investigation is about whether deep-pocketed, conservative issue advocacy groups illegally coordinated electioneering efforts with Republicans. If prosecutors prove this coordination it would trigger present rules on campaign spending and disclosure requirements.

Disclosure and spending limits are good. Disclosure lets voters know who’s backing a candidate and limits might stop the rich from flooding media with ugly, barely true, negative campaign ads.

None of that would matter if Wisconsin voters could see past those negative ads full of misinformation that is largely paid for by a small number of ideologically driven rich people.

The see-saw battle in the courts reinforces attitudes that our government is increasingly partisan, increasingly polarized, and increasingly dysfunctional.

Those disenfranchised by both parties are the ones most negatively affected by this seesaw battle. The government corruption posed by both John Doe probes and the court battles give greater confirmation that politics are a mess.

I urge the disenfranchised, the independents, and party members, to take a close look at who is running for governor and who is running for legislative seats.

Are our Republican candidates, if elected, going to participate in the same old, uncompromising partisan extremism of the past four years?

Are our Democratic candidates, if elected, going to make a sincere effort to change the kind of dysfunctional government we have had the past four years?

Learn more and vote wisely!
John Binder

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