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Mary Burke stops in Eau Claire and talks about money in politics

Eau Claire (WQOW) - 

A candidate for governor responds to a recent ruling about money in politics. Mary burke was in Eau Claire Tuesday to tour Johnson Litho Graphics. Last week, we learned the state will stop enforcing a limit on how much money people can give, in total, to candidates.

That decision brings Wisconsin in line with a recent Supreme Court ruling. We asked Burke for her take on that decision.

"Well I want to be clear, I am against all this money and special interests in politics. And as governor, I would work to really reduce the influence of money on government. We have to make sure we are government for the people, not for the special interests. And I'm completely opposed to any movements that open the floodgates for even more money than we already have now," said Mary Burke, Democratic Party candidate for governor.

We didn't get a chance to ask any more questions on camera, but did follow up with her campaign this afternoon. We asked if she plans on rejecting any donations based on her statement about money and special interests. We have not heard back from her campaign.

We also asked if she planned to discourage Super PAC donations.

On Tuesday, we learned about an endorsement from Emily’s list, a Political Action Committee. In 2012, Emily's List and affiliated groups spent about five million dollars helping democrat Tammy Baldwin win her U.S. Senate race. The pro-democratic national group says defeating Governor Walker and electing Mary Burke will be a top priority this year.

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