THE MADISON GROUP CONSULTANTS LLC¨
A Private Practice in the Public Interestª
Dr. Douglas B. King and Associates
About The Madison Group
The Madison Group is a non-profit consulting practice. The Madison Group is a confederated consortium of licensed professionals from every profession ranging from law and medicine to engineering and the environment. Our associates are accomplished individuals with distinguished careers and extensive expertise in a wide range of disciplines and occupations. We work with the public and private sectors anonymously and confidentially on behalf of our clients to facilitate outcomes, broker arrangements and achieve understandings of mutual benefit in pursuit of noble social purposes.
Our mission is to assist ordinary people with issues of public interest. Our focus is on the prevention and repair of injustice. Think: ÒThe bigger they are the harder they fall.Ó Our associates donate their services voluntarily without charge as their interests appear. Some represent legal firms and provide their services on a pro-bono basis. Think : ÒRobin Hood.Ó Associates who volunteer to provide services to the Madison Group do so under nondisclosure agreement. Associates are not permitted to disclose their affiliation with the Madison Group and agree to maintain plausible deniability. Associates are not indemnified. Breach of confidentiality and/or nondisclosure agreement results in substantial stipulated financial forfeitures as compelled by sealed reciprocal letters of escrow.
The Madison GroupÕs projects depend on what piques the interest of its colleagues. The focus of The Madison GroupÕs projects is on helping ordinary people level the playing field with big government, big business and big money. Potential associates are pitched projects to see if anyone will volunteer their time. Associates decide to affiliate with the group when they want to make a difference in a particular public interest issue that they were or are unable to effectively address while serving in their public and private positions. These become the projects of the Madison Group. The composition of the Madison Group keeps changing depending upon the set of associates and the issues involved at any point in time. Once work is concluded, associates are bound by nondisclosure agreement never to divulge any affiliation with the group or reveal any information obtained during their tenure.
The Madison Group can be thought of as a facilitator of outcomes. It is a broker of arrangements and understandings. It serves as a matchmaker and exchange trader of favors among advocates of various positions on behalf of clients when opportunities find competing interests match up with the interests of the client. Think: Òif you help someone on this, then someone will help you on that.Ó On occasion, the Madison Group openly leverages the media access of its members to stimulate exposure of injustice, wrongdoing and impropriety. On rare occasions the Madison Group goes public with direct appeal in the media or legislative testimony or appearances before boards of corporate governance.
The Madison Group leverages private access to highly placed, influential public and private decision makers, corporate and government whistle-blowers and the media. Such access comes directly from sources themselves, and indirectly from sources who have access to classified and redacted information from within their organizations. Sometimes information that is classified or not covered under open records laws or the freedom of information act is obtained by sources surreptitiously using creative techniques not revealed or discussed. Think: ÒDonÕt ask, donÕt tell.Ó Our sources are confidential and protected under attorney-client and doctor-patient privilege and never revealed. The ÒThree ProhibitionsÓ of the Madison Group are: no politics; no publicity; no participation. The anonymous sources include federal, state and local agencies, for-profit and non-profit corporations, law firms and private organizations, and current and former partners, executives, employees, family, friends and acquaintances who have their own agendas for sharing information of benefit to clients.
Our best results are achieved quietly and discreetly without litigation or publicity when no one is even aware the Madison Group was ever involved. The Madison Group does not acknowledge any association with its colleagues and our colleagues do not acknowledge any association with us. However, associates have an affirmative duty to warn. Therefore, in some limited circumstances, partners, attorneys and staff in law firms provide information helpful in defeating the pleadings of their own plaintiffs and defendants in court cases where public interests outweighs private gains from litigation. On rare occasions, such arrangements have resulted in the exposure, arrest, indictment, prosecution, conviction, fine and imprisonment of public and private executives. Think: ÒSunlight is the best disinfectant. LetÕs go public.Ó
Madison Group associates employ quiet persuasion and fly under-the-radar to exert influence on outcomes. They are very good at what they do. This combination of expertise and access has proven to be a very potent and effective approach to securing changes to laws, administrative rules and business policies and practices and reaching private negotiated settlements and agreements without resorting to litigation or publicity. As a result, The Madison Group has never lost an engagement on behalf of a client.
The Madison Group has provided assistance in a very wide range of areas that are sometimes unique or unusual. Some of the engagements are listed below.
Sampling of Engagements Successfully Completed by The Madison Group Consultants
á Lobbying and position paper development.
á Legislative bill drafting.
á Drafting of local ordinances.
á Protection of several wetlands.
á Cleanup of several waterways.
á Re-routing of several county highways.
á Securing broadband Internet services for several rural towns.
á Facilitating protection of and historic status designation for a historic church.
á Helping towns and municipalities defend local Land Use Plans against development.
á Helping a town develop a fundraising campaign to repay a loan taken for creation of a park surrounding a national historic site to protect it from development.
á Helping defeat frac sand mine in the Lower Wisconsin Riverway [Pattison Sand Inc, Town of Bridgeport, Crawford Co.]
á Obtaining a change in pension plan practices on behalf of several groups of retired employees.
á Termination of nuisance lighting on a telecommunications tower.
á Protection of trout streams from development.
á Obtaining sewer back-up mitigation and protection and financial settlement for a subdivision.
á Promoting dark sky outdoor lighting to preserve the view of stars in the night sky.
á Obtaining senior friendly redesign of product packaging on a national brand.
á Obtaining product discounts for clients on major contracts.
á Changing radio station programming on a regional radio station.
á Changing local speed limits and signage at dangerous intersections.
á Changing a deceptive banking practice.
á Facilitating the prosecution, conviction, fine and imprisonment of a bond trader for securities fraud.
á Securing the convictions of executives in public agencies and private corporations for wrongdoing.
á Arranging for public exposure of white-collar crime and impropriety.
á Enforcing numerous warranty claims on behalf of clients.
á Changing store signage through secret shopping services.
á Changing restaurant service practices for handicapped accessibility.
á Obtaining settlements in consumer protection litigation.
á Redesigning of multiple business information systems.
á Providing small group counseling to resolve staff relationship issues.
á Reducing disaster risk for several small businesses.
á Creating environmental health and safety plans for public corporations.
á Performing business system performance appraisal for a failing Division.
á Performing business process re-engineering designs for major public agencies.
á Redesigning of a telecommunications management business system.
á Redesigning of several customer service operations.
á Recruiting, interviewing and evaluating employees for a major business.
á Conducting mock inspections of businesses for safety compliance.
á Providing secret shopping services for regional businesses.
á Promoting audits, appraisals, and assessments for several Fortune 500 corporations.
á Secured funding approval for requests proposed by various state agencies.
á Secured funding approval for grant applications from various county, city, village and town governments.
á Secured funding approval for grant applications from various non-profit businesses and public interest organizations.
á Advocated legislation and budget requests before Joint Finance Committee of the Legislature and other legislative venues.
á Provided arts marketing services.
á Promoted silent sports.
á Promoted noise control.
á Promoted dark sky lighting and abatement of light pollution.
á Provided survey and public opinion research services.
á Provided ghost writing and publishing services.
á Provided alternative business dispute mediation and resolution.
á Provided educational facilities planning.
á Provided grants writing and administration services.
á Provided technical writing and editing services.
á Provided capital budgeting services.
á Provided hazardous materials management services.
á Provided risk management and security services.
á Provided long range, strategic, operational and tactical business systems planning services.
á Provided information technology planning services.
á Procured vendors through competitive bidding.
á Developed Requests for Proposals (RFP), Requests for Bids (RFB), Requests for Information (RFI).
á Evaluated RFPÕs and RFBÕs and RFIÕs.
á Provided consumer protection complaint resolution.
á Provided career counseling, life coaching, student mentoring and confidential executive mentoring services.
á Assisted with siting of wind turbines
á Assisted the transfer of development rights
á Assisted with plans of care for elderly residents of assisted living facilities
á Assisted elderly people to remain living in their homes and obtain reimbursement for the improvements made to them.
á Assisted in the sale of real estate for retirement.
á Assisted manufacturing facility to improve its manufacturing process for less defects.
á Secured legislative approval and funding of the Wisconsin Floodplain-Shoreland Protection Program.
á Secured legislative approval and funding of the Wisconsin Wetland Protection Program.
á Secured legislative approval and funding for the Wisconsin Riverway.
á Protected public shoreline from private encroachment.
á Secured legislative approval and funding of public access to Wisconsin waterways.
á Secured legislative approval and funding for libraries on UW campuses.
á Secured legislative approval and funding of Performing Art Centers on UW campuses.
á Secured legislative approval and funding of the Wisconsin Synchronous Communication Optical Network.
á Assisted the design and development and funding of information technology plans for 60 state agencies.
á Implemented statewide data standards.
á Implemented statewide land information standards.
á Secured legislative approval and funding of land information plans in 72 counties.
á Enforced the Open Records Law and the Freedom of Information Act.
á Supported the employment retention of whistleblowers.
á Assisted womenÕs health initiatives.
á Assisted womenÕs sports initiatives.
á Assisted womenÕs business initiatives.
á Secured legislative approval and funding of Electronic Degree Programs at UW campuses.
á Assisted with vetting and recruitment of public relations and marketing firms.
á Protected a public shoreland hiking trail from development.
á Assisted the removal of prayer cards from a national airline.
á Represented families in successful claims against businesses and government agencies.
á Served as whistleblower for employees disclosing confidential information.
á Served as deep background facilitator of sourcing for media reporters.
Dr. Douglas King Biographical Information
Dr. Douglas King is a retired CEO with a 30-year career in public service. He served three Governors of the State of Wisconsin, Lee Dreyfus, Anthony Earl and Tommy Thompson; three Secretaries of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Lester Voigt, Carroll Besadny, and Anthony Earl, and three Presidents of the University of Wisconsin System, Robert OÕNeil, Kenneth Shaw, and Katharine Lyall; and three Secretaries of the Wisconsin Department of Administration, James Klauser, George Lightbourn, and Mark Bueher. He served as a Senior Advisor and GovernorÕs Budget Briefer in the Wisconsin State Budget Office, worked as a Career Executive Officer in Wisconsin State Government and was appointed by Governor Tommy Thompson as the legislatively confirmed Executive Director of the Wisconsin Land Information Board.
Positions and Appointments
Office of The Governor, State of Wisconsin
á Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, State of Wisconsin Land Information Board
á GovernorÕs Budget Briefer, Wisconsin State Budget Office, Department of Administration
á GovernorÕs Budget Briefer, Joint Committee on Finance, Wisconsin State Legislature
á Chair of the Wisconsin Land Council Information System Task Force, Office of the Governor
á Author of GovernorÕs Executive Order on Management Information Technology
Wisconsin Department of Administration
á Senior Telecommunications Technology Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Administration
á Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor, Wisconsin State Budget Office, Wisconsin Department of Administration
á Instructor, Strategic Business and Information Systems, Wisconsin Department of Administration
á Business Systems Planning Officer, Wisconsin Department of Administration
á Strategic Information Technology Officer, Wisconsin Department of Administration
University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
á Director of Environmental Health and Safety, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
á Director of Risk Management, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
á Director of Hazardous Materials Management and Toxicology, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
á Director of Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health, Laboratory Safety, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
á Director of WorkerÕs Compensation and Medical Claims Management, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
á Director of Energy Management, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
á Director of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Control Systems, University of Wisconsin Board of Regents
á Director of Solid Waste Management, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
á Director of Recycling Programs, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
á Director of Air Pollution Control, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
á Executive Officer for Environmental Affairs, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
á Executive Officer for Real Estate, Property Management, and Land Acquisition, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
á Executive Officer for Capital Budgeting, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
á Director of Facilities and Space Management, University of Wisconsin Board of Regents
á Director of Computing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), and Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM), University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
á Agency Information Systems Planner, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
á Departmental Data Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
á Director, Aerial Photography and Mapping Mission, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
á Director of State Wetlands Mapping, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
á Director of State Shoreland Mapping, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
á Director of Public Lands Inventory, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
á Director of State Lake and Stream Inventory, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
á Agency Representative, Wisconsin Coastal Zone Management Program
á Chief Water Resources Planner, Bureau of Natural Resource Planning, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
á Director, Records Management and Office Automation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
á Director, Boat and Snowmobile Registration System Redesign, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
á Director, Payroll and Personnel System Redesign, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
á Assistant Director, Information Management, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
University of Wisconsin - Madison
á Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Department of Urban and Regional Planning
á Guest Lecturer, University of Wisconsin School of Business
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
á Instructor in Techniques and Methods of Planning and Analysis, University of Wisconsin
á Research Associate in Urban Affairs, University of Wisconsin
State of Wisconsin Positions and Appointment Oversight
á 60 state agencies.
á 66,000 employees.
á Total Budget: $100 million annual.
á Program Budget Administered in State Budget Office: $24 billion biennial.
á Managed Budget: $12 million annual.
á Signature authority: $1 million annual.
á Direct Staff Supervision: 10 positions.
á Field Staff Supervision: 72 positions.
University of Wisconsin Positions and Appointment Oversight
á 26 campuses; 12-4 year, 13-2 year, 1-doctoral.
á 18,000 campus acres.
á 1,800 buildings.
á 50,000,000 gross square feet.
á $6.5 billion building value.
á $4.3 billion contents value.
á Line staff reporting: 20 positions.
á Field staff reporting: 130 positions.
á Operating budget: $3.5 billion annual.
á Capital budget: $500 million biennium.
á Managed Budget: $1 million per month.
á Signature authority: $10 million.
á Faculty: 6,700 people.
á Staff: 28,000 people.
á 160,000 Headcount students.
á 135,000 Full Time Equivalent students.
á Teaching contacts: UW Extension – 1, 040,000 people.
á Public Radio/TV contacts: 1,200,000 people.
á Distance Education contacts: 100,000 people.
á Degrees per year: Bachelors – 21,000; Advanced&Professional 6,400.
á Federal, state, institutional financial aid: $550 million annual.
á PhD, Public Administration and Computer Science
á MS, Urban and Regional Planning
á MS, Water and Land Resources Management
á BS, Sociology
Certificates, Licenses and Registrations
á Certificate in City Management
á Certificate in Business Process Reengineering
á Registered Facilities Manager
á Certified Computer Systems Engineering Professional
á Certificate in Performance, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
á International Social Science Honor Society
á Delta Tau Kappa for Academic Achievement, University of Wisconsin
á United States Department of Interior Fellow
á Eugene Craven Memorial Nominee
á DeanÕs List University of Wisconsin
á PresidentÕs Award, Wisconsin Land Information Association
á Outstanding Achievement Award, Wisconsin Land Information Association
á Editor in Chief of the University of Wisconsin Newspaper VIATOR
á GovernorÕs Commendation, Governor Tommy Thompson
á Legislative Commendation, Wisconsin State Legislature
á PresidentÕs Award, University of Wisconsin Board of Regents
á SecretaryÕs Award, Wisconsin Department of Administration
á SecretaryÕs Award, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
á American Management Association
á American Society of Training and Development
á American Institute for Certification of Computer Professions
á International Facilities Management Association Council on Higher Education
á Wisconsin State Bar Association
á American Institute of Planners
á League of Wisconsin Municipalities
á Association of Wisconsin Newspaper Editors
á Governing Inc.
á Association of Planning Officials
á American Planning Association
á Association of Wisconsin Planners
á University of Wisconsin Alumni Association
á Association for Computing Machinery
á World Future Society
á Harvard Business Association
á Planning Executives Institute
á Conservation Foundation
á Green Peace
á National Wildlife Federation
á IBM Executive Systems Institute
á HospiceCare of Wisconsin
á Sierra Club
á Isaac Walton League
á Wilderness Society
á National Geographic Society
á Nature Conservancy
á American Civil Liberties Union
á The Hemlock Society
á The Rape Crisis Center
á Concealed Carry Association
á The Dharma Center for Buddhism
á Save The Manatee Foundation
á KIVA Micro Loans Inc.
á FINCA Micro Loans Inc.
á Earth First
á Earth Liberation Front
á Ad Busters
á The Ruckus Society
á Wiki Leaks
á The National Whistleblowers Center
á Nature Conservancy
á Native American Foundation
á Amnesty International
á Global View Buddhist Dharma Healing Center
á Deer Park Buddhist Center
á National Wildlife Federation
á International Certified Computer Professionals Association
á International Facilities Management Association
á Wisconsin Land Information Association
á Society of College and University Planners
á Higher Education Facilities Management Association
á Urban/Regional Information Systems Association
á Data Processing Management Association
á Automated Mapping/Facilities Management International
á Association for Image Management
á Quality Improvement Network
á Deming Management Method Association
á International Standards Organization
á Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
á National States Geographic Information Consortium
á Author and Columnist. Dr. King is the author of numerous public interest publications, articles and newspaper columns.
á Presenter. Dr. King is a presenter of seminars, guest lectures, a keynote speaker and a provider of testimony at legislative hearings and an expert witness in litigation.
á Dr. King is President of Mindworm Records, where he performs and produces original keyboard music, which has been published worldwide on CDBaby and iTunes.
á Dr. King is President of the Douglas King Studio, which builds handmade keyboard instruments as art forms.
á Dr. King is President of the Woolly Bear Press, which authors and publishes books and articles.