Hijacking Campaign 2018

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

February 14, 2018

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) is the state’s largest business organization and one of the most powerful special interest groups in Wisconsin because of its electioneering and lobbying activities.
 
WMC is among the leaders in spending on outside electioneering activities.  Since January 2010, the group secretly raised and spent more than $18.6 million on phony issue ads and independent expenditures.  WMC supports Republican and conservative candidates for statewide office and the legislature, generally by sponsoring negative broadcast ads and mailings that smear Democratic candidates.
 
In addition to outside electioneering, the group has spent millions of dollars over the years to lobby the governor and legislature on dozens of anti-labor, environmental deregulation, pro-school voucher, anti-local control, pro-business, and other state policy and spending measures.
 
About a week before the Feb. 20 spring primary, the group purchased about $313,500 worth of advertising in the Green Bay and Milwaukee television markets to support conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Michael Screnock.
 
Screnock, a Sauk County Circuit Court judge faces Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet and Madison attorney Tim Burns.  The top two finishers in the primary will face off in the April 3 general election for a 10-year seat on the court to replace Justice Michael Gableman, who decided not to seek reelection.

Last active election: 2016