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Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

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The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce is a local branch of the US Chamber of Commerce. It lobbied for the adoption of Senate Bill 23 in Wisconsin, which overturned a Milwaukee ordinance that required paid sick leave for workers. The ordinance "specified that paid sick leave could be used if a worker is ill, needs to care for a sick child, or obtain counseling if raped or battered" and also "barred companies from penalizing workers for exercising their rights and from erecting unreasonable barriers to impede the fair use of sick leave. It had been passed with a 70% majority, but the state law supported by MMAC trumped it. [1]

Political Contributions

2012 Wisconsin Governor and Senator Recall Election

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce gave $175,000 to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to fight an expected recall election in Wisconsin. Mike McCabe, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, said Walker had raised more money from donors than any other candidate in state history. Walker raised an astounding $5,749,926.26 from out-of-state donors within five weeks.

The association also gave $10,000 each to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) and Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), three of the four GOP senators who had recall petitions filed against them. [2]

References

  1. Flu with that Burger? ALEC Wants Sick People Serving You Food PR Watch, October 19, 2011, accessed October 21, 2011
  2. Patrick Marley, Jason Stein, Four donors jointly gave Walker $1 million in recent weeks, JS Online, January 24, 2012