Scott Fitzgerald’s campaign contributions – received more from out-of-state than his own district

(Full disclosure — my wife is currently leading the recall campaign against Senator Fitzgerald; see Recall Fitz)

Several weeks ago I heard Mike McCabe from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (WDC) talk about the growing power of money in our state politics and, in his words, its equivalence to modern-day bribery. My attention had mostly been on the role of Citizens United in our national politics and not the details of state politics. I also discovered, in subsequent searching, that there’s a treasure trove of data the WDC’s campaign finance database. Here’s an initial look at my state senator’s, Scott Fitzgerald, individual contributions for the last election cycle (starting from Nov 5, 2009):

Click to view interactive map
(Click here for the full interactive map — WordPress.com isn’t friendly to embedded interactive maps.)

What is really interesting is how little of his money came from his own district. Approximately 86% of his contributions were from outside the 13th — only 14% came from within his own district. He received more money (15% of the total) from outside the state. Look over those out-of-state donors, I ran across the name “W. Preston Baldwin” who shows up as the chair on ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board.

Who, then, is he accountable to?

Note: only free and publicly available data and software (QGIS and LibreOffice) was used to generate this map on my personal computer.

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About ericcompas

Eric Compas, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Geography and Geology Department.
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3 Responses to Scott Fitzgerald’s campaign contributions – received more from out-of-state than his own district

  1. walter says:

    The Koch Bros have money hidden everywhere…so they don’t have to pay taxes.

  2. Pingback: Who is Scott Fitzgerald accountable to? 86% of his contributions were from outside the 13th — only 14% came from within his own district |

  3. Gloria Hays says:

    whoa, nice work Sherlock!

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