NEW INFORMATION: Democrats, advocacy groups unveil alternative finance bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic state lawmakers are proposing an alternative campaign finance bill that would require more disclosure and donations and prohibits coordination with issue advocacy groups.

The approach from Democratic state Rep. Terese Berceau of Madison unveiled Friday runs counter to a Republican-backed bill up for a final vote Monday in the Assembly. Once passed as expected it will go to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

The bill up for a vote would also do away with a state law requiring donors to disclose their employer. The Democratic proposal would retain that reporting requirement.

Supporters of the Democratic bill say they know it won't be considered, but it's important to make a statement.

The Assembly is also scheduled to vote on doing away with the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board.

Democrats and advocacy groups are making a final push to stop bills that would do away with Wisconsin's unique nonpartisan elections board and rewrite state campaign finance laws.

The Assembly was expected to pass the Republican-backed proposals Monday, the last step before the measures go to Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to sign them both.

Opponents planned a Friday rally at the Capitol.

One bill would replace the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board with one commission overseeing ethics, campaign finance and lobbying and another in charge of elections. The ethics commission would include two retired judges and an equal number of partisan appointees.

The campaign finance bill would do away with a state law requiring donors to disclose their employer. It also makes clear candidates can coordinate with interest groups.

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