- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Lobbyists would be able to start giving money to candidate for office nearly seven weeks earlier under a bill debated in the state Senate.

The Republican-sponsored bill debated Tuesday would allow lobbyists to start giving donations to candidates for office starting on April 15 in election years. Under current law they can’t make any donations until June 1.

Supporters say the change is needed because partisan primaries have been moved up from September to August. But opponents are concerned about increasing the role of money in politics as lobbyists are given more time to give to candidates.

Lobbyists would still be prohibited from making campaign donations to candidates for the Legislature before the session is over.

Democrats used a procedural move to block a vote on passage until Wednesday.