WILL Warns Madison Mayor About Proposed Disclosure Ordinance
Posted June 04, 2013
The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty yesterday sent this letter to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and the members of the Madison Common Council. The letter calls into question the legality of a Madison ordinance introduced by Mayor Soglin last month. The proposed ordinance requires the disclosure of certain political contributions by the City’s contractors and, according to Mayor Soglin, is intended to discourage contributions to organizations with which he disagrees.
As the letter points out, it is a bedrock principle of our democracy that government cannot play favorites among citizens, including public contractors, based on their political beliefs. The ordinance proposed by Mayor Soglin is a blatant violation of our State and Federal Constitutions, an infirmity that WILL hopes the Common Council will consider before it acts on the Mayor’s proposal.