The next time you encounter a political candidate, like Joan Ballweg, ask them one or more of these questions

If you are not sure what to ask a polit­i­cal can­di­date the next time you run into one, con­sid­er ask­ing one or more of these ques­tions. We can’t take cred­it for the ques­tions, how­ev­er. The ques­tions came from Matt Roth­schild, the exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Wis­con­sin Democ­ra­cy Cam­paign.

If you do get a chance to ask a ques­tion of some­one like Joan Ball­weg, pic­tured above at Ripon Col­lege ear­li­er this year, either in writ­ing or in per­son, please record or jot down the answer and share it with us. We’d love to know where Ball­weg, who rep­re­sents the 41st Assem­bly Dis­trict, stands on these issues. 

View Ballweg’s email address and her phone num­ber.

1. Are you for ban­ning ger­ry­man­der­ing in Wis­con­sin? In oth­er words, do you back the Iowa mod­el of inde­pen­dent, non­par­ti­san, and trans­par­ent map draw­ing by career civ­il ser­vants – not the par­ty in pow­er?

2. Are you in favor of rewrit­ing our cam­paign finance law to ban cor­po­ra­tions, unions, and oth­er groups from giv­ing direct­ly to polit­i­cal par­ties and leg­isla­tive cam­paign com­mit­tees?

3. Are you in favor of requir­ing those bogus “issue-advo­ca­cy” groups to dis­close who is giv­ing them mon­ey so that we can find out who is pay­ing for all the mud they’re throw­ing at our screens in an elec­tion sea­son?

4. Are you in favor of ban­ning coor­di­na­tion between can­di­dates and these bogus “issue-advo­ca­cy” groups?

5. Are you in favor of impos­ing a low ceil­ing on how much an indi­vid­ual can give to polit­i­cal par­ties? Right now in Wis­con­sin, the sky is the lim­it.

6. Are you in favor of impos­ing a low ceil­ing on how much an indi­vid­ual can give to a par­tic­u­lar can­di­date? Right now, if you’re super rich, you may give $20,000 to each can­di­date for every statewide office: gov­er­nor, lieu­tenant gov­er­nor, attor­ney gen­er­al, sec­re­tary of state, and state supreme court jus­tice.

7. Are you in favor of requir­ing donors to can­di­dates to dis­close the names of their employ­ers, as cam­paigns were required to report for decades pri­or to the 2015 cam­paign finance law over­haul?

8. Are you in favor of pub­lic financ­ing of elec­tions?

9. Are you in favor of tight recusal rules for judges and jus­tices when one of the par­ties to a case also hap­pens to be, or rep­re­sents, one of their big donors?

10. Are you in favor of amend­ing the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion to pro­claim, once and for all, that cor­po­ra­tions aren’t per­sons and mon­ey isn’t speech?