Monday, July 07, 2008

Who is funding the watcher?

Former Madison Mayor Paul Soglin almost seems hurt by the suggestion that anyone would be curious about who is funding his obsession with Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Like the Great Oz, he asks us not to peer behind the curtain as he thunders and smokes.

His justification for keeping secrets is that we should be more concerned about other secrets less-than-tightly held by his obsession, even as he claims he has no designs on affecting the outcome of any election. But if his purpose is to blunt the political power of the WMC, how can he claim his purpose is not political?

No, Secret Agent Soglin owes his readers full disclosure, if only so we can learn if Soglin's unproven allegations are nothing but a mirror of his own subsidy.