Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Jobs First Coalition

Posted: April 21, 2011
Updated: January 16, 2014

Estimated Spending: $100,000

This group was created in 2009 and spent an estimated $160,000 to support Republican legislative candidates in the 2010 fall elections and a special election in Spring 2011 in the 94th Assembly District.  The group's contact information only lists a post office box in Brookfield.  The only individual mentioned on the group's website is Bob Reddin, which also happens to be the name of a Brookfield alderman.  Reddin is the author of numerous blogs on the group's website.

Jobs First sponsored numerous mailings leading up to recall elections in August 2011 against eight Democratic and Republican state senators.  The recalls were a response to GOP Governor Scott Walker's 2011 plan to end most public employee collective bargaining rights.

Around the time of the Republican primary in mid-July  the group sponsored flyers - here and here - against incumbent Democratic Senator Jim Holperin of Conover accusing him of voting for numerous tax increases on employers. Later end the month the group followed those with two other flyers - here and here - continuing the same line of attack. A fifth flyer continued the theme as did a sixth and seventh sent about a week before the election.

Jobs First Coalition
Anti-Doyle Flyers

Jobs First Coalition Flyer, Page 1
Jobs First Coalition Flyer

Jobs First also sponsored flyers criticizing Shelly Moore, an Ellsworth High School teacher and Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Senator Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls in a recall election.

In April 2011, Jobs First sponsored a mailing that criticized Democrat Steve Doyle, a candidate in the May 3 special election to fill the vacant 94th Assembly District seat. The mailing accused Doyle of being responsible for sharp property tax increases during his stint as La Crosse County Board chairman.

Special elections for the 94th Assembly seat and two others were ordered after the Republican incumbents resigned to take jobs in the Walker administration.

Last active election: 2010