Brendan Fischer

Brendan Fischer is associate counsel at The Campaign Legal Center. Formerly with PR Watch, he graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to law school, Brendan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural community in Northeastern El Salvador. Twitter: @brendan_fischer

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Who is Bankrolling the Fight Against "Obamacare?"
The lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act , the National Federation for Independent Business (NFIB), is a highly partisan front group masquerading as the "nation's leading small business association," critics say.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Shoots to Kill
The gun lobby has come under the spotlight for its role in the so-called “Stand Your Ground” or "Shoot First" law that may protect the man who shot and killed seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida –- but many other special interests, including household names like Kraft Foods and Wal-Mart, also helped facilitate the spread of these and other laws by funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
ALEC and NRA Behind Law That May Protect Trayvon Martin's Killer
A Florida law that may protect the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February is the template for an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) "model bill" that has been pushed in other states. The bill was brought to ALEC by the National Rifle Association (NRA), and fits into a pattern of ALEC bills that disproportionately impact communities of color.
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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
WI Judge Halts 'Extremely Broad and Largely Needless' Voter ID Law
A Wisconsin judge has issued a temporary injunction against Wisconsin’s new voter ID law, calling it "the single most restrictive voter eligibility law in the United States.” Wisconsin’s voter ID law, like many others introduced in 2011 and 2012, is based on an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model bill.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Walker Using Out-of-State Tea Party Group to Indirectly Challenge Recall
After news outlets reported Monday that Governor Scott Walker would not be challenging recall signatures, the governor quietly submitted a request asking that the state elections board accept challenges from an effort involving a Texas organization with a history of voter suppression.
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Friday, January 20, 2012
Two Years After "Citizens United," Amending the Constitution is Essential
January 21 marks the second anniversary of Citizens United v. F.E.C. , where a narrow majority of the U.S. Supreme Court asserted that the Constitution prevents Congress from limiting the amount of money that can be spent influencing our elections.
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Thursday, November 03, 2011
18 Arrested in Wisconsin Assembly for Using Cameras; Guns Still Allowed
Eighteen people were arrested Tuesday for using cameras in the Wisconsin Assembly gallery, including the editor of The Progressive magazine, Matt Rothschild. Rothschild and others had gone to the capitol to protest a series of arrests in recent weeks of individuals who carried signs or took photos or video in defiance of an Assembly ban. "We ought to have a right to take a picture," Rothschild said.
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Monday, August 15, 2011
ALEC: Facilitating Corporate Influence Behind Closed Doors
Through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), corporations pay to bring state legislators to one place, sit them down for a sales pitch on policies that benefit the corporate bottom line, then push “model bills” for legislators to make law in their states. Corporations also vote behind closed doors alongside politicians on this wishlist legislation through ALEC task forces. Notably absent were the real people who would actually be affected by many of those bills and policies.
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Monday, July 18, 2011
ALEC, For-Profit Criminal Justice, and Wisconsin
As the first half of 2011 has revealed, Wisconsin is not a moderate “purple” state, but a state divided between staunchly “blue” progressives and righteous “red” right-wingers. That rift is particularly apparent in legislative conflicts over the criminal justice system, a debate spurred by corporate interests represented in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and perpetuated by ALEC legislative members, including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
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Monday, February 28, 2011
What Else Is in Walker's Bill?
While news coverage has focused on how Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill attacks the state's 300,000 public sector workers (and by extension, the entire middle class), the law is increasingly recognized as an attack on the poor. It curtails (and perhaps eliminates) access to the Medicaid programs relied upon by 1.2 million Wisconsinites, limits access to public transportation, and hinders rural community access to broadband internet. The bill keeps the poor unhealthy, immobile, and uninformed.
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