Hijacking Campaign 2012
Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI, Inc.
Posted: April 26, 2012
Updated: November 1, 2012
This was one of two corporations created by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin in 2010 to make independent expenditures to support Democratic candidates for statewide office and the legislature. Planned Parenthood is the leading advocate and provider of reproductive health care for women in the state and the nation. This corporation has spent $398,146 since on independent expenditures in regular, recall and special elections in Wisconsin.
The group registered to make independent expenditures to support candidates in Democratic primaries in the 7th, 10th and 44th Assembly Districts, and in the 6th Senate District. Following the primaries, the group added support for Senate Democratic incumbents Dave Hansen, Jessica King, and Julie Lassa and Assembly Democratic incumbents Amy Sue Vruwink and Gordon Hintz. They are also planning to make independent expenditures to support Democratic challengers (or oppose Republican incumbents) in a number of other Assembly Districts.
The group registered in spring 2012 to make independent expenditures to support Democratic candidates in three of four Senate recall races targeting Republican incumbents as well as against GOP Governor Scott Walker who also faced a June 5 recall election. The group sponsored a 30-second television ad - via WisPolitics.com - shortly after the May 8 primary that criticized Walker for slashing funding and ending insurance coverage for women's health exams, cancer screenings and birth control services provided by the organization.
Planned Parenthood also sponsored a mailing that accused Walker and GOP Senator Van Wanggaard of Racine of eliminating state funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings and other important health services the group provides for women. Wanggaard, who lost his recall election, held one of four Republican Senate seats targeted for recall elections because of the governor's successful plan in 2011 to restrict public employee collective bargaining rights.
Last active election: 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.