Hijacking Campaign 2018

Republican State Leadership Committee

January 8, 2018

This is a Virginia-based group that supports Republican and conservative candidates for statewide office and the legislature in Wisconsin and around the country. Since January 2010, the group spent nearly $2.9 million on independent expenditures and phony issue ads in Wisconsin elections.

Less than two weeks before a special election to fill the vacant 10th Senate District seat, the group sponsored a 60-second radio ad that accused Patty Schachtner, the Democratic candidate in the race, of wasteful spending and supporting higher taxes as St. Croix County medical examiner and a Somerset School Board member.

The group also sponsored a mailing that accused Schachtner of not paying her bills.

Schachtner faces Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam Lake, in the January 16 special election to fill the seat, which was vacated when longtime GOP Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, of River Falls, became Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s agriculture secretary.

Last active election: 2016