Hijacking Campaign 2010

Republican Governors Association

Posted: June 25, 2010
Updated: January 17, 2014

Estimated Spending: $1.5 million

The Republican Governors Association represents GOP governors and spends millions of dollars nationwide on outside electioneering activities to elect Republican candidates for governor.

The national group sponsored its first negative phony issue ads in Wisconsin in the 2006 governors race where it spent more than $2 million to support Republican candidate Mark Green with nasty broadcast ads and mailings that accused Democratic Governor Jim Doyle, who defeated Green to win reelection, of accepting campaign contributions from special interests in exchange for expanded tribal gambling agreements and lucrative business contracts with the state.

The Republican Governors Association got involved in the 2010 Wisconsin governor's race with three negative 30-second phony issue ads – here, here and here (via WisPolitics.com) – in June and July attacking Democratic candidate for governor Tom Barrett by comparing him to Democratic Governor Jim Doyle, who is not seeking reelection.  The ads said Barrett, who is mayor of Milwaukee, raised taxes and increased spending at a cost of thousands of private sector jobs.

"Tom Barrett. More taxes, less jobs.  Like Jim Doyle, only worse," one of the ads says.

The group's political action committee, RGA Wisconsin 2010 PAC, released numerous ads between August and October 2010.