Thursday, January 31, 2008

Legislature's smoke and sleaze enough to make us cough and wheeze

The state Senate is stalling legislation to toughen Wisconsin's Clean Indoor Air Act because corrupt lawmakers are taking marching orders from the Wisconsin Tavern League as aptly noted in this editorial from today's Kenosha News.

The Kenosha News (which has long been a supporter of clean indoor air) nails it on the head here. They only overlooked one thing: the greasing of the legislature.

The Tavern League and tavern owners contributed $294,745 to current legislators from 2003 through 2006.

Senator Breske accepted $15,674 from tavern owners from 2003 through 2006, more than any other legislator. Second to Breske for tavern industry contributions among legislative Democrats for the period is Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker at $10,850.

Of course, if the legislation ever makes it out of the senate, over in the Assembly the majority Republicans caucus collected $132,845 in contributions from tavern owners from 2003 through 2006 - far more than any of the other three caucuses.

1 comment:

Liz @ SmokeFree Wisconsin said...

Great post title! Thanks for writing about this - we need more bloggers to follow your lead!