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The UW Oshkosh chapter of Democracy Matters will host a public forum on two bills in front of the Wisconsin legislature dealing with special interest groups and fund raising in state Supreme Court elections.

“Money in Our Courts: An Oshkosh Public Forum” will be held June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at South Park in Oshkosh. Guests include state Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh), Beverly Speer of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and David Keck, a Winnebago County Court Commissioner.

The forum is also part of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign’s Judicial Independence Project, an effort to better inform the public on the role campaign donations play in the state court system. Members of the community will be free to ask questions regarding the bills and the issue in general.

The Democracy Campaign launched the Judicial Independence Project in February to help prevent third-party interest groups from dominating campaign advertisements that often result in negative attacks on both candidates. The group is concerned primarily about money and fund raising trumping an impartial court system.

For more information, contact Steve Bailey at (715) 570-2942. South Park is on the south side of Oshkosh, 700 South Park Avenue.

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