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Mahlon Mitchell Raises Nearly $310,000 in 7 Weeks, Reports $242,000 in Cash on Hand PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mahlon Mitchell Press   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 16:21

mahlon_mitchellMoney comes in the wake of multiple high-profile endorsements of Mitchell’s candidacy for Governor.

MADISON, WI - Mahlon Mitchell’s campaign for governor announced Tuesday that it has raised nearly $310,000 in just 7 weeks. Additionally, his campaign reported having $242,000 in cash on hand.

The news comes in the wake of multiple high-profile endorsements of Mitchell’s candidacy- from Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998, International Association of Firefighters, Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin, and Operating Engineers Local 139, who had previously supported Scott Walker’s candidacy.

“I’m honored by the support we have been able to generate in such a short time,” Mitchell said. “I plan to have the resources to take on and defeat Scott Walker in November. As I meet with voters all across this great state, one thing is clear: they are ready for change. Scott Walker has had eight long years to lead- and he has failed to do so. I’m running for governor because it’s time for new leadership- leadership that turns the page on Walker’s divisiveness and brings Wisconsinites together to build a better future for our state.”


About Mahlon Mitchell:

Mahlon Mitchell was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Delavan, Wisconsin. He now lives with his wife, April and two children, Sie’anna and Karson, in Fitchburg.

Mahlon followed in his older brother’s footsteps when he became a fire fighter in Madison twenty years ago. His two brothers are fire fighters in Atlanta and St. Paul. These careers came out of a family that instilled values of service and working for others.

This sense of service is also exemplified in Mahlon’s other activities. He was a counselor at the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety’s Burn Camp, which he also directed for five years. This summer camp worked with burn-injured youth to help them cope with their unique situation and build a network of support.

Mahlon also worked as a street outreach coordinator with Briarpatch and Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin, where he linked at-risk youth with services from their community.

Recently, Mahlon was instrumental to passing two pieces of legislation that were a huge victory for fire fighters across the state. The Infectious Disease Presumption fought to make sure fire fighters are covered if they contract a disease or disability on the job. Additionally, the legislature passed a bill that ensures families and spouses of fire fighters who die in the line of duty will have their health insurance premiums covered.

When the fight over collective bargaining began in 2011, Mahlon led the fire fighters in a monumental stand of solidarity with other public servants. Despite being exempted from the bill, Mahlon and his fellow fire fighters marched on the Capitol with fellow working families that were threatened by the Budget Repair Bill.

Mahlon took the opportunity to travel the state as a fire fighter spreading the words about Scott Walker’s divisive policies.

In addition to his service in the community, Mahlon was a real estate agent for six years at First Weber in Madison. He currently serves as President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, being the youngest and first African American to serve in the post.

Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton Endorses Tim Burns for the Wisconsin Supreme Court PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Burns for Wisconsin, Amanda Brink   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 12:15

tim-burnsMADISON, WI - Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton has endorsed Tim Burns for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Elected in 2002, Lawton was the first woman to serve as Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor.

The following is a statement from Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton:

barbara-lawton“Tim Burns brings his intellectual muscle and deep experience as an attorney, his clearly articulated progressive values, and his deep respect for the law to this campaign to bring change to our tragically broken Wisconsin Supreme Court. He has a vision for justice and a powerful drive to serve; what luck for Wisconsin!”


Tim Burns is a partner at a law firm in Madison. Burns is running for the seat now held by Justice Michael Gableman, who has announced his retirement from the court. The primary will be held on February 20th, 2018 and will narrow the field to 2 candidates who will advance to the April 3rd general election.

Tim is a former co-chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association. A graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia Law School, Tim is licensed in Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri. Tim's national practice focuses on making insurance companies live up to their obligations to their policyholders. Tim also serves on the national board of the American Constitution Society and he chaired the Fair and Impartial Courts Committee of the Civil Rights and Social Justice Section of the American Bar Association.

Tim and his wife Pam, have chosen Middleton to raise their family. Married for over 20 years, they have three children.

Principle Over Party Campaign Breaks 6 Figures Relying on Small Donations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Commoners for Mike McCabe, Christine Welcher   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 12:01

mccabe-govCandidate for Governor Mike McCabe is not accepting any single donation over $200 from supporters. Policy mirrors the values McCabe promoted for decades as an independent watchdog and reform advocate.

ALTOONA, WI - Mike McCabe’s Principle Over Party campaign for governor launched on September 12 and reported Tuesday bringing in over $104,000 by the end of 2017 even though McCabe is not accepting any single donation over $200 from supporters while state law allows candidates for governor in Wisconsin to take as much as $20,000 from individuals and $86,000 from political action committees.

“We have a plan to win and we will have the resources we need to carry out that plan,” McCabe said.

The Commoners for Mike McCabe committee’s year-end report to state election authorities lists 1102 contributions from 719 individuals. Supporters are allowed to give more than once but not more than $200 at a time and no more than a total of $1,000 for the entire campaign.

mike-mccabe“We’re grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received from all across the state, but a campaign finance report does not reflect or measure the greatest strength of our campaign – the extensive grassroots volunteer activity, neighbor-to-neighbor contact and direct voter outreach by the campaign,” McCabe said.

By the year’s end, the Principle Over Party campaign had already logged more than 37,000 miles just since McCabe made his candidacy official on September 12, traversing Wisconsin many times reaching out to voters in every part of the state. More than 130 stops were made along the way, including over 80 events that were open to the public and media. The campaign also held close to 60 neighborhood organizing meetings and volunteer trainings in communities across the state, and have dozens more lined up in coming weeks.

“These days candidates for office are told they have no choice but to spend four or five hours a day every single day raising money. We’re spending 10, 12, 14 hours a day raising a citizen army,” McCabe said. “Our campaign is a 21st Century version of how Bill Proxmire won statewide elections in Wisconsin for 30 years. Barnstorming the state. Pounding the pavement. Neighbors talking to neighbors.”

The way the Principle Over Party campaign is funded mirrors the values McCabe promoted for decades as an independent watchdog and reform advocate. In the mid-1990s, he helped start the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan group that focuses on exposing the influence of big money in state government and works to make people matter more than money in politics. He led the group for 15 years as its director. He left the Democracy Campaign at the end of 2014 to start Blue Jean Nation, a grassroots citizens group working to organize people locally to challenge the political establishment to change its ways.

“The governor won’t be beaten with money. He’ll have way more than anyone,” McCabe said, noting that Democrats spent $33 million in 2014, $22 million in 2012 and $12 million in 2010 in hopes of defeating Scott Walker only to see Republican forces vastly outspend them and Walker win by virtually identical margins in the three elections. “What he’s never faced is a genuinely people-powered grassroots crusade that creates a vivid contrast between the governor’s campaign bankrolled by billionaire tycoons and one that is truly of, by and for the people. For three elections now, Democrats have looked for a Goliath, but their Goliath has been beaten to a pulp by the far-larger Republican Goliath. Remember, it was David who defeated Goliath. It was David who brought down the giant.”

McCabe added: “For Wisconsin to become what it has the potential to be, the death grip of big money influence has to be broken and our state government must be freed from the clutches of cronyism, corruption and what amounts to legal bribery of state officials.”

In its report of campaign activity through the end of 2017, Commoners for Mike McCabe reported fundraising totaling $104,493.91 and expenses totaling $83,336.64 with an ending balance of $21,157.27. Loans from the candidate and his wife totaling $25,000 to provided the campaign with start-up funding. The rest of the money raised came from individual contributions averaging $72.

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