Hijacking Campaign 2018

Wisconsin Homeowners Alliance

January 9, 2018

Sample from Homeowners Alliance mailing

This group is affiliated with the Wisconsin Realtors Association, which is one of the most powerful lobbying groups on state policy and spending at the State Capitol. The Alliance generally sponsors phony, undisclosed issues ads.

In addition to the Alliance, the Realtors Association also operates a political action committee that makes direct contributions to candidates, an independent expenditure committee, and a 527 organization that may raise and spend unlimited funds on elections.

All of the Association’s electioneering spending and activities generally support Republican and conservative legislative and statewide candidates.

About a week before a special election in northwestern Wisconsin’s 10th Senate District, the Alliance sponsored two mailings – here and here – that praised GOP Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam Lake.

The mailings said Jarchow has backed legislation to make houses more affordable and reduce income and property taxes, among other things.

Jarchow faces Democrat Patty Schachtner in a Jan. 16 contest to replace longtime GOP Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, of River Falls, who resigned her 10 th Senate seat to become Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s agriculture secretary.

Last active election: 2014