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June 1, 2020

5/8/2020 7:29:00 AM
'Actions speak louder than words'

To the Editor:

Republican State Senator Tom Tiffany is running to fill U.S. Representative Sean Duffy's seat in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District. He served in Wisconsin's Assembly from 2011-2013 and the Senate since 2013.

While Tiffany says he will "drain the swamp" in Washington just as he did in Madison, actions speak louder than words.

Tiffany represented Wisconsinites at midnight on a Friday night in November 2015 when the Republican-controlled Senate passed a bill, with no Democratic support, that doubled campaign contribution limits from $10,000 to $20,000 and allowed anonymous donors to coordinate with candidates' campaigns, rendering campaign finance regulations meaningless.

At 2:30 a.m. that same night the Senate, along partisan lines, dismantled the Government Accountability Board (GAB), the nonpartisan body formed in 2007 to address ethics and elections violations. Republicans were displeased with the results of GAB involvement in two investigations into Governor Walker's Milwaukee County office and his recall campaign: six convictions of Walker aides and associates on embezzlement of veterans' funds and campaign law violations. The GAB was dismantled for doing their job of promoting clean, transparent government.

Tiffany ignores constituents' preference for nonpartisan district line drawing. Despite Politifact confirming that Wisconsin is the first- or second-worst gerrymandered state, Tiffany declares our GOP-drawn maps are fair.

Polls show overwhelming bipartisan support for eliminating gerrymandering, getting money out of politics and reducing corruption. Tiffany prioritizes GOP and big donors' interests when representing us.

Send Democrat Tricia Zunker to the US Congress to be the Northwoods' voice for open, clean government.

Jeanne Larson


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