Hizzoner the mayor of this One Party City has plans to ferret out vendors who might not share his political world view.
"I think it would be a good idea to know if the bidders are contributing to political efforts which go into organizations that may be lobbying for certain kinds of outcomes or working against the interests of the city," Havana Paul told the credulous Patricia Schneider at The Cap Times.
"If they’re supplying the city while they're behaving like the Koch brothers, it would be good for the public to know it."
Soglin said a resolution requiring companies bidding on city contracts to disclose contributions to advocacy organizations, including political action committees (PACs) and lobbying groups, is being introduced to the City Council at it's meeting Tuesday, and he hoped it would be passed by the end of the summer.
For the record (cue Nixon speaking into the hidden microphone: "but it would be illegal"), Soglin says the city would continue to award bids to the "competent" low bidder. (Wink and a nod.)
As a learned colleague emailed me, this move is more than outrageous, it's downright frightening.
"It is McCarthyism by another name. It intimidates, but it does not say it is illegal to give -- only we all know the purpose," he says. "It was not at first illegal to hire Jews, everyone was just required to register their faith! Let the 'people' decide if they want to hire a Jew. Isn't that nearly word for word what Soglin has just said with a different term for 'Jew'? A different term for 'communist'?"
Perhaps Paul Soglin skipped Constitutional law class. Imposing a political test on contractors is Tammany Hall style-corruption.
Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years working for daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times if you can believe it. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors.