Hijacking Campaign 2012
American Federation for Children Action Fund IE Committee
Posted: July 27, 2012
Updated: February 1, 2013
This corporation was created by the American Federation for Children, a Washington D.C.-based school choice group, to make independent expenditures in Wisconsin elections. It reported spending nearly $125,000 on independent expenditures in the 2010 general elections and the 2011 Senate recall elections and nearly $345,000 in the fall 2012 legislative elections to tell people who to support.
In addition to independent expenditures, the group - a spin-off of Michigan-based All Children Matter - has sponsored phony issue ads. Since 2010, American Federation for Children has made an estimated $3.6 million in phony issue ad expenditures, whose fundraising and spending is kept secret, mostly to back Republican candidates for statewide office and the legislature.
Shortly after the 2012 general elections, American Federation for Children issued a report saying it spent nearly $2.4 million to elect pro-voucher candidates in the 2012 recall races and the fall general elections. American Federation for Children's report conflicts with its reported independent expenditures in 2012 because by saying it spent about a $2.4 million to elect candidates it failed to report more than $2 million in independent expenditures in 2012.
The federation's leadership includes Betsy de Vos, its chair and spouse of Dick de Vos, Michigan billionaire and son of Amway Corporation co-founder Richard de Vos. Scott Jensen, former state Republican Assembly leader and one of the leading figures in the Wisconsin caucus scandal, is the group's senior policy advisor.
Last active election: Recall 2011
This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC as a corporation making independent disbursements.