Some are missing the point when it comes to understanding the implications of Caperton v. Massey. This is the recent United States Supreme Court case where the majority ruled that campaign contributions cannot undermine the impartiality of the courts.
As those who follow our successful WMC Watch program know, we focused not so much on Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce inserting itself into judicial races as much as the fact that the public does not know who is paying or who is authorizing the "Willie Horton" style ads that are the characteristic of WMC and its clones.
Writing at Shark and Shepard, Rick Esenberg notes, "WMC rarely has a personal stake in a case and, putting that aside, there were very few cases pending or imminent at the time of the election in which it could be said to have a more general interest."
True, Rick. And very little of the $2-3 million that went into the Ziegler or Gableman judicial races came from WMC, or for that matter its WIsconsin members.
But the money came from somewhere. It came from some big players. For the U.S. Supreme Court decision to have any meaning, there must be disclosure as to the source of the funds. WMC, All Children Matter, Americans for Prosperity, all will have to reveal the funders.