Hijacking Campaign 2010

American Federation for Children Action Fund Inc.

Posted: August 31, 2010
Updated: May 15, 2017

OathSpending

This organization is the state arm of the American Federation for Children, a school choice group based in Washington, D.C. It is a spin-off of Michigan-based All Children Matter which has been active in past Wisconsin elections primarily doing phony issue advocacy.  Betsy de Vos is chair of the AFC 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, has been a senior policy advisor at the organization.

American Federation for Children Action Fund 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 in the Fall 2010 state elections.

The state group received $50,000 from its national arm and spent a total of $32,325 in August on canvassing to support three losing candidates in three different Milwaukee-area Democratic primaries in 2010.  In addition to pro-school choice incumbent State Senator Jeff Plale, they supported two candidates for open seats in Assembly Districts 8 and 10. Independent incumbent Representative Bob Ziegelbauer was the only candidate AFC supported in the general election.

In addition to this disclosed activity, AFC started undisclosed issue ad campaigns in October.