Hijacking Campaign 2016

Wisconsin Prosperity

October 20, 2016

Fall: OathSpending

This independent expenditure committee was created by a new phony issue ad group called Prosperity for Everyday People.  Both the issue ad group and the committee, which are based in Windsor, Wis., were created to support Democratic legislative candidates.

Paperwork filed by the committee, which must disclose its independent expenditures, showed it spent $60,000 on television ads in mid-October to support Democrat Brian Smith, who is challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Luther Olsen, of Ripon, for his 14th Senate District seat.

Prosperity for Everyday People, which is not required to disclose its election spending on phony issue ads, has spent more than $700,000 on television ads in the Green Bay market to support Smith in the 14th Senate race and to back Democrat Mark Harris, who is vying for an open seat in the 18th Senate District against Republican Dan Feyen.

This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board/Wisconsin Ethics Commission as an independent expenditure committee following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.