What’s going on here?

Maybe it’s just the standard blather but then again, maybe we’re spotting the front edge of yet another coordinated propaganda campaign.

Within a five-day period in mid-March, two ostensibly independent reports turned up singing the same tune: the accusation that state government in Wisconsin operates in the shadowy mists and is to be suspected of lacking integrity.

We bow to no one in our certainty that government needs to be kept under close watch at all times, but two highly similar suggestions that something is fishy, timed less than a week apart, make us wonder, especially considering the sources.

The first “report” came from WISPIRG, the Wisconsin arm of a Ralph Nader operation that dines upon involuntary student fees on college campuses nationwide.

WISPIRG (Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group—no kidding,) says it detects insufficient transparency in state government spending. That’s the kind of Homer Simpson moment we’ve long since come to expect from the clumsy WISPIRG, which—wait for it!—doesn’t disclose the sources of its own funding.  (Its web site says it’s citizen-financed, without mentioning that the citizens don’t get a choice.)

The second “report,” popping up five days later, is equally easy to spot for a set-up job, because it’s a product of the George Soros-funded Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism which, unlike the transparency mavens at WISPIRG, identifies its funding sources if you take a few minutes to look.

We can’t claim to know this is a coordinated campaign offensive, but Liberal front groups pumping up clouds of suspicion around state government with off-schedule elections just a couple of months away? Let’s just say it wouldn’t be a big departure from the Leftist playbook.


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The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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