Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Republican State Leadership Committee Inc.

April 21, 2011

This is a Virginia-based group that supports Republican candidates for state offices around the country. It spent nearly $936,000 on independent expenditures in the 2010 fall elections – the first time it sponsored outside electioneering activities in Wisconsin.

The organization first engaged in phony issue ads in March and April 2011 when it sponsored two 30-second television ads against Democratic Senators Jim Holperin of Conover and Dave Hansen of Green Bay. The ads criticized the pair for going to Illinois with the rest of the Senate Democrats in order to prevent a vote on Republican Governor Scott Walker’s controversial plan to end most public employee collective bargaining rights.

The organization filed an oath of independent disbursements in opposition to Steve Doyle, the Democratic candidate in Assembly District 94.

Last active election: 2010

This organization 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.