Unions picket labor-state industrialists

Protesters picketed Wednesday outside the headquarters of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce in Madison to draw attention to the lobbying group's funding of political ads.

Critics contend the WMC has been raising money during the last few elections to fund ads that are used to fight candidates that group opposes. The WMC did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the matter.

Former Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, who is working with a consortium of labor and professional organizations critical of WMC's practices, said Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler is the next candidate the WMC Issues Committee is targeting.

The picketers held signs reading "Don't Let WMC Buy Our Supreme Court."

The consortium estimated that WMC is trying to raise between $2 million and $4 million to defeat Butler, who is up for re-election in the April 1 general election.


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