Hijacking Justice 2011

Wisconsin Right to Life

Updated: January 16, 2014

Estimated Spending: $20,000

This statewide, anti-abortion advocacy group has long engaged in outside electioneering activities in legislative and statewide campaigns. The organization typically uses its PAC to support a wide-range of legislative candidates through independent expenditures as it did most recently in the 2010 elections. In 2010 it also registered as a corporation to make independent expenditures in a targeted state senate race.

Before this election, the last time this group used issue ads was the 2006 gubernatorial campaign when it ran an issue ad touting Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Green’s oppostion to stem cell research.

In the 2011 spring election, Wisconsin Right to Life’s PAC spent a small amount on independent expenditures to support Justice David Prosser before the February 15 primary.  Prosser faced Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg in his bid for another 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Right to Life sponsored two different flyers that suggested Prosser would uphold any "pro-life" laws passed by the legislature that might be challenged in the State Supreme Court. The flyers cited Prosser’s vote for "pro-life" legislation when he was in the legislature. They contrast his record with the lack of a clear position on abortion by Kloppenburg but also claimed she received money from the director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, a "strongly pro-abortion" group.

Pro-Prosser Flyers
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Wisconsin Right to Life Pro-Prosser Flyer 1Wisconsin Right to Life Pro-Prosser Flyer 2

Last active election: 2006