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Report shows payday lending lobbyist donations

MADISON (AP) -- A new analysis shows that lobbyists for the payday lending industry funneled more than $28,000 in campaign contributions to Wisconsin lawmakers in the last half of 2009.

The report by the government watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign shows that $5,000 in contributions came from executives of Check 'n Go in Cincinnati. Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan was dating a lobbyist for that company during the time the Assembly was considering a bill the payday loan industry, including Check N Go, opposes.

The contributions were made to four campaign committees that raise and spend money to get Republicans and Democrats in both the Assembly and Senate elected. Sheridan controls the Assembly Democratic committee.

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