Hijacking Campaign 2013

Wisconsin REALTORS Political Fund - 1.91 Account

Posted: February 15, 2013
Updated: January 13, 2014

 

Non-partisan election: OathSpending

This corporation was created in 2012 by the Wisconsin Realtors Association to make independent expenditures to support Republican candidates in legislative campaigns.  Before last year's fall elections, this statewide trade group had not engaged in outside electioneering activities since fall 2004. Its political action committee, RPAC Wisconsin, is routinely among the largest PAC contributors in legislative and statewide elections.  In addition to a PAC and a corporation, the association also controls a 527 group to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on electioneering activities that are not reported to the state.
 
The realtors' corporation sponsored a 60-second radio ad - via WisPolitics.com - urging listeners to vote for incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack in the April 2, 2013 spring elections.  The ad tells listeners Roggensack has been endorsed by several county sheriffs and Milwaukee's police and firefighters unions and quotes praise for Roggensack without identifying the source or sources. 
 
Though the high court race is labeled nonpartisan, Roggensack is viewed as a conservative and received support from numerous Republican donors and groups.  She was challenged in the April election by Marquette Law School professor Ed Fallone, who had the support of several large public employee unions that traditionally back Democratic candidates in partisan elections.
 

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Last active election: 2012

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.