WEMTA Candidate Questionnaire Answers

WEMTA Candidate Questionnaire Answers

I strongly believe in restoring and expanding the duties of the Wisconsin State Treasurer. As the former Director of Communications and Community Outreach for the Office of State Treasurer from 2012-2015, I directly administered, often at record performance levels, many of the programs that have been removed or transferred from the Office. It is also my view that the Unclaimed Property Program was unconstitutionally transferred to the Department of Revenue and all means, including litigation, should be used to return the management of that fund to the Office of State Treasurer. This would allow the State Treasurer to use the revenue and interest generated by Unclaimed Property to fund a variety of new programs I would implement as State Treasurer, including programs to provide money to victims of crime and to promote the teaching of financial literacy to Wisconsin’s children.

Kaump has Plan for Childhood Financial Literacy

Kaump has Plan for Childhood Financial Literacy

(Madison, WI) Cynthia Kaump officially announces today her plan to restore the Childhood Literacy Program in the Office of the State Treasure if elected. This is one of many programs that was shut down under the current State Treasurer. 

“Decades of research supports the fact, children with a minimal baseline of financial education perform better with their credit scores, earn more income, and overall are much more successful in life. This is why financial literacy is crucial for our children’s futures.” Said Kaump.

Wisconsin Candidates Can Use Campaign Funds for Childcare

Wisconsin Candidates Can Use Campaign Funds for Childcare

State Treasurer Candidate Kaump Received Formal Opinion from Ethics Commission 

(Madison) Wisconsinites running for office received great news today from the Wisconsin Ethics Commission after a formal request from candidate for Wisconsin State Treasurer Cynthia Kaump. Kaump had asked the Commission for a formal opinion on using campaign funds to help with daycare. The Wisconsin Ethics Commission’s formal advisory opinion permits the use of “campaign funds for childcare expenses to the extent that such expenses would be incurred only as a direct result of campaign activity and would not otherwise exist.”  This opinion addresses an area of Wisconsin law that until today was unclear. 

Kaump: Campaign Finance Regulation Must Address Childcare Costs

Kaump: Campaign Finance Regulation Must Address Childcare Costs

(Madison, WI) Democrat and candidate for State Treasurer Cynthia Kaump requested this week from the Wisconsin Ethics Commission a formal state-level opinion on the use of campaign funds for childcare.

“The additional cost of childcare while running a statewide campaign is stifling.” says Kaump. “Travel and last-minute childcare needs are frequent. Parents will not run if they cannot shoulder the added expense of securing safe and reliable childcare while campaigning.” 

A recent Federal ruling on the issue prompted Kaump to ask about the rules in Wisconsin. 

Last To Enter Treasurer's Race. First Democrat To Get On Ballot

Cynthia Kaump Starts STRONG in Wisconsin State Treasurer's Race

(Madison, WI) Cynthia Kaump, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin State Treasurer announced Wednesday, she is the first democratic candidate for State Treasurer to turn in all the required signatures and paperwork to get on this fall's ballot. She was the last democrat to announce on April 25. 

"We could not have done this so quickly without the support we received from around the state and the strong drive it requires." said Kaump. "I am blessed to have dedicated friends, family and an extraordinary campaign team who could activate a colossal effort such as this!"

Kaump's team collected more than the 2,000 signatures required to appear on the ballot as a statewide candidate. Candidates are allowed to collect signatures starting on April 15th.  They are due June 1st.

"I knew my choice to run was the right one." said Kaump. "I have the experience (and the team) to build a better financial future for Wisconsin and together, we can clearly do this!"

Kaump will spend between now and the August 14th primary traveling the state to meet with voters, receive feedback and share her vision for moving forward Wisconsin's Office of the State Treasurer.

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Cynthia Kaump Announces Campaign for Wisconsin State Treasurer

Experience to Build a Better Financial Future

(Madison, WI)  After consulting with family, friends, former colleagues, elected officials, and, most importantly her daughter, Cynthia Kaump, Former Director of Communications and Community Outreach for the Office of State Treasurer is seeking the Democratic nomination for Wisconsin State Treasurer.

“Wisconsin needs a strong financial guardian. I spent the past decade fighting to retain and restore powers to the Office of State Treasurer,” said Kaump. “After Wisconsin voted no on the amendment to eliminate this office, legislators on both sides of the aisle reached out to me asking what to do next.  I was repeatedly asked to run because of my passion for this office, so I am leaning in. I’m doing this.”

Kaump was born and raised in Wisconsin. She is the owner of two businesses.  She is a licensed insurance and finance professional for a female-founded Wisconsin firm with a 40-year history in the state.  Kaump set state and national program performance records while serving as Director of Communication and Community Outreach of the Office of the State Treasurer. She is also a trusted and awarded former TV news journalist and writer who lived and worked in communities across the state and nation for more than 20 years.

“I get asked what motivated me to run for office. I served in media around the state, I reported on injustice and wrongdoing in government, ” said Kaump. “When I was in the Treasurer’s office we put money in the hands of people hours away from losing their homes, days away from losing Medicaid access. This was money they didn’t know they had being held by the state. As a human being, how could the chance to do more good not motivate me?”

Kaump will spend between now and the August primary traveling the state meeting residents.

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