"People's Legislature" Meets in Madison

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More than 800 people gathered in Madison Tuesday for the first session of what was billed as the "People's Legislature."

Organizers planned the event as a way to focus public attention on the need for government and campaign finance reform.

Several speakers argued the current system is broken because it's fueled by campaign contributions and special interests.

State Libertarian Party Chairman Ed Thompson told participants state government does not represent the people.

Thompson won ten percent of the vote when he ran for governor in 2002. He says the voting system doesn't give third party candidates a chance to win.

He also says lobbyists for special interest groups hold such sway over the budget process it results in large deficits.

The gathering was sponsored by the FightingBob.com Web site, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and the Center for Democratic Action.