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Issue Position: Ethics

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Open, honest government is the only way to combat unethical political behavior. One way to ensure that our system is clean is full disclosure. If everyone can see what elected officials are doing, unethical behavior is reduced. The best way to keep special interest lobbyists from having too much influence in the legislative process is to make regular citizens the most powerful lobbyists of all.

I support expanding the opportunities for individuals to have access to their representatives. I always have an open-door policy with my constituents. I respond to your phone calls, letters, and emails, and I regularly schedule office hours and town hall meetings to ensure that you have access to your representative.
I oppose passing the cost of campaigns onto taxpayers and will oppose any plans to require government financing of elections.

I was one of the authors of 2007 Senate Bill 1, Wisconsin's landmark ethics reform bill. This bill passed with nearly unanimous bi-partisan support, it is right now assuring that Wisconsin's public officials are held to the highest standards of ethics in the United States.


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