Hijacking Recall 2012

Republican Governors Association

Posted:  March 23, 2012

This group spends millions of dollars helping Republican candidates for governor get elected nationwide.  In Wisconsin, the organization spent an estimated $7 million in the 2006 and 2010 general elections mostly on negative broadcast ads and mailings to support the Republican candidate for governor.  It was the top GOP outside electioneering group in the 2010 governor's race when it spent an estimated $5 million to help elect GOP Governor Scott Walker.

The Republican Governors Association launched its first 30-second television ad - here via WisPolitics.com - in late March using a political action committee called Right Direction Wisconsin.  The ad criticized two Democrats - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk - for increases in taxes, spending and unemployment during their stints in office.  Falk has said she would run against Walker in a likely recall election in June and Barrett, who lost to Walker in the 2010 gubernatorial elections, has said he also may enter the race.

Last active election: 2010