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A Farewell Letter from President Obama PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The White House   
Saturday, 21 January 2017 10:45

obama-whAmerica is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word 'We.' 'We the People.' 'We shall overcome.' Yes, we can. I'll be right there with you.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 January 2017 11:44
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New Education Secretary Choice One of the Wealthiest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 16:06

betsy-devosMeet Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's Anti-Public Education, Influence Peddling Billionaire.


MADISON - President-Elect Donald Trump's choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, faces the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee this evening. Trump's potential cabinet is shaping up to be one of the wealthiest in recent memory, his first 17 appointments have a net worth of more than a third of America, and DeVos is no exception.  

DeVos presents a clear danger to public schools as she has spent her career and fortune fighting to privatize public education and gut investments in public schools. Her national advocacy group, American Federation for Children, has funneled millions of dollars into campaigns around the country for the sole purpose of promoting unaccountable private voucher schools - including $5 million spent on Wisconsin elections since 2010. [1] [2] [3]

DeVos helped bankroll the Donors Trust, a fund in Alexandria, Virginia which specializes in covering the tracks of conservative philanthropists and was recently exposed for funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to Project Veritas. 

"We've seen first hand in Wisconsin how much damage can be imposed by someone like DeVos who has no experience with public education and an ideological axe to grind," Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby said on Tuesday. "Betsy DeVos has no business being considered for the position of Secretary of Education. She has spent her entire career and large sums of fortune to privatize public education and gut investments into public schools."

Background

1) Donors Trust Was Funded By A Bevy Of Conservative Backers Including The Koch Brothers. “Donors Trust is not the source of the money it hands out. Some 200 right-of-center funders who've given at least $10,000 fill the group's coffers. Charities bankrolled by Charles and David Koch, the DeVoses, and the Bradleys, among other conservative benefactors, have given to Donors Trust. And other recipients of Donors Trust money include the Heritage Foundation, Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, the NRA's Freedom Action Foundation, the Cato Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, the Federalist Society, and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, chaired (PDF) by none other than David Koch.” [MotherJones.com, 2/5/13]

2) Donors Trust Was Considered The “Dark-Money ATM Of The Right.” “Yet unlike its nearest counterpart on the progressive side, the Tides Foundation, a bogeyman of Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, Donors Trust has mostly avoided any real scrutiny. It is the dark-money ATM of the right.” [MotherJones.com, 2/5/13]
3) James O’Keefe’s Group, Project Veritas, Was Given Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In Funding From Donors Trust. “According to tax records obtained by PRWatch.org, an investigative watchdog group run by the Center for Media and Democracy, in recent years hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to Project Veritas have come through a fund in Alexandria, Virginia, called Donors Trust, which specializes in hiding the money trails of conservative philanthropists. In its promotional materials, Donors Trust says that it will ‘keep your charitable giving private, especially gifts funding sensitive or controversial issues.’” [The New Yorker5/30/16]

 
President Obama's Farewell Address to the American People PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:14

obama-farewell-addressThe President stepped beyond the daily give and take of elections, policies, and the news cycle to rekindle our faith in the American democratic system of government. It was a call to all of us citizens to take up our burden of citizenship.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:07
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Did Wisconsin Republicans Vote To Gut Congressional Ethics? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 10:18

paul-ryanThe Office of Congressional Ethics, created in 2008 after a series of scandals involving members of Congress, was designed to ensure accountability and transparency. Washington Republicans want it gone on Day 1.


MADISON - In a late night, private conference vote, Speaker Paul Ryan and Congressional Republicans voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent watchdog organization that oversees the behavior and actions of and investigates criminal conduct by members of Congress.

martha-laning"In November's election, the voters made it clear that they wanted to end corruption and drain big money from our nation's politics. Instead of listening to the will of the people, Republicans decided their very first move would be to remove incredibly important oversight of their actions in Congress," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning on Tuesday. "This isn't draining the swamp. This is adding more sludge to a swamp already filled with influence from wealthy special interests and huge corporations."

The Office of Congressional Ethics, created in 2008 after a series of scandals involving members of Congress, is designed to ensure accountability and transparency in the U.S. Congress, and without it, members of Congress lack proper oversight.

"The American people are fed up with being sold promises to end corruption, only to see lawmakers do the exact opposite once they get into office. So, the question facing many Wisconsinites today is if any of our state's Republican lawmakers voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics," said Laning. "Wisconsinites deserve to know if Rep. Duffy, Rep. Sensenbrenner, Rep. Grothman, or Rep. Gallagher feel that they should not be accountable to their constituents and voted to remove important oversight of Congress."

 
Trump's Dangerous Foreign Policy Agenda PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ Feingold   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:03

trump-nuclearPresident-elect Trump has talked about using nuclear weapons in Europe and against ISIS.


MADISON - The groups and candidates who helped our grassroots campaign haven't stopped doing great work. The first group I'd like for you to consider supporting -- if you don't already -- is the Council for a Livable World. During my campaign, they endorsed me for Senate and raised nearly 2,‌000 grassroots contributions from their members.

Council for a Livable World is continuing to lead the fight for progressive national security, and they need your help. Sign up to join them tod‌ay.

Council for a Livable World has worked to promote sensible and progressive national security for over 5‌0 yea‌rs. They've been at the forefront of some of the biggest arms control achievements, like the post-Cold War U.S. nuclear test moratorium; The Chemical Weapons Convention; And numerous arms control treaties.

President-elect Trump has talked about using nuclear weapons in Europe and against ISIS. He also suggested that more countries should get access to nuclear weapons, and that he'll "rip up" the Iran Deal -- one of our nation's biggest diplomatic achievements in a generation.

We can't let any of this happen. Fortunately, our close friends at the Council for a Livable World are leading the charge against Trump's disastrous agenda.

The Council has also helped to elect hundreds of progressive national security champions, and they worked hard to help our campaign. Add your name tod‌ay to join them in 2‌017 -- and onward.

If they're going to stay strong against our President-elect and his reckless, dangerous foreign policy agenda, the Council for a Livable World needs your help.

Thanks for your support, and for pledging to keep up the fight.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 18:22
 
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