Hijacking Campaign 2004: Independent Expenditures

PACs that reported independent expenditures in the 2004 legislative campaign. Links to information on any past independent spending between 2000 and 2003 are provided when available and total PAC contributions to legislative candidates during the last election cycle are provided when applicable.
Hijacking Campaign 2004

Independent Expenditures

Posted: May 27, 2005
Updated: July 19, 2005

PACs that reported independent expenditures in the 2004 legislative campaign. Links to information on any past independent spending between 2000 and 2003 are provided when available and total PAC contributions to legislative candidates during the last election cycle are provided when applicable.

America Coming Together Wisconsin

Total Independent Spending: $11,766.48
Spending Rank: 8

America Coming Together (ACT) is an extensive new voter mobilization project organized in seventeen battleground states, including Wisconsin. ACT is registered with the Internal Revenue Service under section 527 of the IRS code. They are working for Democratic candidates in vitally important state, local, and federal contests in the states they feel will determine the 2004 Presidential Elections. ACT is also a founding member of America Votes, a partnership between 30 national issue groups and union.

Spending on:

Assembly District 5 - $744.00
Assembly District 13 - $744.00
Assembly District 35 - $744.00
Assembly District 47 - $744.00
Assembly District 54 - $744.00
Assembly District 67 - $744.00
Assembly District 68 - $744.00
Assembly District 70 - $744.00
Assembly District 80 - $744.00
Assembly District 93 - $744.00
Assembly District 94 - $744.00

Senate District 8 - $895.62
Senate District 22 - $895.62
Senate District 30 - $895.62
Senate District 32 - $895.62

Building a Better WI/Wisconsin Builders Association

Total Independent Spending: $133,061.00
Spending Rank: 2

Political Action Committee affiliated with the Wisconsin Builders Association, a statewide organization comprised of twenty-five local home builders associations throughout Wisconsin. Its conduit, Builders Direct Fund, directed more than $90,000 to 2004 legislative candidates during the 2003-2004 election cycle.

Spending on:

Senate District 12 - $12,530.50
Senate District 30 - $103,000.00
Senate District 32 - $17,530.50

Past Independent Spending: 2002 2000

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $30,900

Clean Wisconsin Action Fund PAC

Total Independent Spending: $1,601.19
Spending Rank: 21

The Clean Wisconsin Action Fund uses political strategies to support Clean Wisconsin’s advocacy for state-wide environmental protection. Before 2003, Clean Wisconsin was known as Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade.

Spending on:

Assembly District 94 - $457.47
Assembly District 95 - $228.74
Assembly District 96 - $457.48

Senate District 32 - $457.50

Concerned Business & Industry

Total Independent Spending: $29,500.00
Spending Rank: 6

This political action committee is associated with the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. WMC does its reported independent spending through this group, which is minimal compared to its issue advocacy through WMC’s Issues Mobilization Council. WMC also runs a conduit called the Capitol Gains Club. It contributed more than $20,000 to 2004 legislative candidates during the 2003-2004 election cycle.

Spending on:

Assembly District 29 - $14,750.00
Assembly District 74 - $14,750.00

Past Independent Spending: 2003 2000

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $4,400

Coulee Region United Educators

Total Independent Spending: $8,325.00
Spending Rank: 11

Regional association of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) that represents public school teachers, educational support personnel, technical college employees and student teachers in the La Crose Area

Spending on:

Senate District 32 - $8,325.00

Past Independent Spending: 2000

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $2,289

Eau Claire Assocation of Educators

Total Independent Spending: $864.00
Spending Rank: 23

A non-UniServ regional association of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) that represents public school teachers, educational support personnel, technical college employees, and student teachers in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Spending on:

Assembly District 67 - $288.00
Assembly District 68 - $288.00
Assembly District 93 - $288.00

Past Independent Spending: 2000

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $500

Healthy Wisconsin State PAC

Total Independent Spending: $9,719.07
Spending Rank: 9

Healthy Wisconsin State PAC (formerly Friends of Health & Hospitals) is the political action committee of the Wisconsin Health and Hospital Association. It not only makes independent expenditures but also makes substantial direct contributions to candidates. The Wisconsin Health and Hospital Association also has a conduit through which its individual members can make candidate contributions, providing more than $82,000 to legislative candidates in the 2003-2004 election cycle.

Spending on:

Assembly District 22 - $578.10
Assembly District 28 - $1,013.40
Assembly District 36 - $376.74
Assembly District 66 - $267.75
Assembly District 68 - $847.35
Assembly District 70 - $924.00
Assembly District 80 - $1,355.90
Assembly District 87 - $1,054.40
Assembly District 89 - $581.25
Assembly District 94 - $321.30
Assembly District 96 - $607.05

Senate District 22 - $867.83
Senate District 24 - $924.00

Past Independent Spending: 2002

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $7,452

Human Rights League PAC

Total Independent Spending: $1,793.08
Spending RanK: 19

Sponsored by the Milwaukee chapter of the Human Rights League for Lesbians and Gays, this PAC seeks to elect candidates who will defend and promote equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals.

Spending on:

Assembly District 4 - $19.42
Assembly District 8 - $19.42
Assembly District 9 - $19.42
Assembly District 11 - $19.42
Assembly District 12 - $19.42
Assembly District 16 - $19.42
Assembly District 17 - $19.42
Assembly District 18 - $254.07
Assembly District 19 - $19.42
Assembly District 20 - $19.42
Assembly District 22 - $19.42
Assembly District 29 - $19.42
Assembly District 33 - $19.42
Assembly District 40 - $19.42
Assembly District 42 - $19.42
Assembly District 45 - $19.42
Assembly District 46 - $19.42
Assembly District 48 - $19.42
Assembly District 49 - $19.42
Assembly District 54 - $19.42
Assembly District 61 - $19.42
Assembly District 62 - $19.42
Assembly District 64 - $19.42
Assembly District 70 - $19.42
Assembly District 72 - $19.42
Assembly District 73 - $254.07
Assembly District 74 - $19.42
Assembly District 76 - $19.42
Assembly District 77 - $19.42
Assembly District 78 - $19.42
Assembly District 79 - $254.07
Assembly District 80 - $19.42
Assembly District 81 - $19.42
Assembly District 95 - $19.42
Assembly District 96 - $19.42

Senate District 2 - $19.42
Senate District 4 - $254.07
Senate District 6 - $19.42
Senate District 8 - $19.42
Senate District 16 - $19.42
Senate District 22 - $19.42
Senate District 24 - $19.42
Senate District 26 - $19.42
Senate District 32 - $19.42

Past Independent Spending: 2002

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $1,500

MTI Voters (Madison Teachers Inc)

Total Independent Spending: $7,324.37
Spending Rank: 12

MTI Voters is the political action committee of the Madison Teachers Inc., a union for Madison area public school teachers. It endorses and electioneers for pro-public education candidates in the Madison area. In the Fall 2004 they endorsed the following candidates: Mark Miller Senate Dist. 16; Fred Risser Senate Dist. 26; Gary Hebl Assembly Dist. 46; Meagan Yost Assembly Dist. 47; Joe Parisi Assembly Dist. 48; Sondy Pope- Roberts Assembly Dist. 79; Tammy Baldwin U.S Congress 2nd Dist.; Russ Feingold U.S. Senate. They endorse candidates who have pledged to remove revenue controls and the “Qualified Economic Offer” law which they say usurps local control and erodes the quality of education.

Spending on:

Assembly District 47 - $7,324.37

Past Independent Spending: 2003

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $9,500

NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin

Total Independent Spending: $233.10
Spending Rank: 25

NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin works to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices. They first made independent expenditures in 2002 as the National Abortion & Reproductive Rights PAC. NARAL also has a conduit that provided more than $1,000 to legislative candidates in the 2003-2004 election cycle.,

Spending on:

Senate District 4 - $233.10

Past Independent Spending: 2002

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $500

NRA Political Victory Fund

Total Independent Spending: $4,342.50
Spending Rank: 16

The NRA Political Victory Fund is the political arm of the National Rifle Association. It operates out of Fairfax, Virginia. The NRA Political Victory Fund supports pro-gun candidates. Independent spending has been its main campaign tool it, but in the 2004 election cycle it made more direct contributions to candidates than it spent on independent expenditures.

Spending on:

Assembly District 74 - $4,342.50

Past Independent Spending: 2002 2000

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $5,025

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Total Independent Spending: $4,578.00
Spending Rank: 15

This committee did not register or report any activity to the Elections Board until after the election was over, November 8, 2004 to be exact. The committee is housed in the national office of Planned Parenthood in New York.

Spending on:

Assembly District 20 - $327.00
Assembly District 28 - $327.00
Assembly District 29 - $327.00
Assembly District 68 - $327.00
Assembly District 90 - $327.00
Assembly District 93 - $327.00
Assembly District 94 - $327.00
Assembly District 96 - $327.00

Senate District 8 - $327.00
Senate District 10 - $327.00
Senate District 16 - $327.00
Senate District 22 - $327.00
Senate District 30 - $327.00
Senate District 32 - $327.00

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin

Total Independent Spending: $66,845.67
Spending Rank: 4

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin is a statewide, non-partisan political action committee that supports pro-choice, pro-family planning candidates for state office. While Planned Parenthood already had a PAC, called Planned Parenthood Advocates, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin was formed in 2002 to make independent expenditures.

In Fall 2004 they collaborated with the issue advocacy group Greater Wisconsin Committee on direct mailings and a television ad against Republican candidates with "extreme positions" on women’s reproductive rights.

While Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin was making independent expenditures, its sister PAC, Planned Parenthood Advocates, contributed $4,254 to 2004 legislative candidates.

Spending on:

Assembly District 5 - $1,627.17
Assembly District 12 - $1,192.85
Assembly District 13 - $898.99
Assembly District 18 - $1,192.85
Assembly District 22 - $899.00
Assembly District 28 - $1,627.16
Assembly District 29 - $898.99
Assembly District 44 - $2,091.85
Assembly District 45 - $899.00
Assembly District 46 - $899.00
Assembly District 47 - $1,921.02
Assembly District 54 - $728.16
Assembly District 64 - $898.99
Assembly District 65 - $898.99
Assembly District 66 - $898.99
Assembly District 67 - $728.17
Assembly District 68 - $898.99
Assembly District 70 - $728.16
Assembly District 73 - $1,192.85
Assembly District 74 - $898.99
Assembly District 79 - $1,192.85
Assembly District 80 - $898.99
Assembly District 85 - $898.99
Assembly District 88 - $899.00
Assembly District 90 - $1,627.17
Assembly District 93 - $728.17
Assembly District 94 - $2,820.01
Assembly District 96 - $898.99

Senate District 4 - $1,192.85
Senate District 8 - $1,627.17
Senate District 10 - $1,627.16
Senate District 16 - $170.83
Senate District 22 - $6,887.99
Senate District 30 - $1,456.33
Senate District 32 - $21,899.00

Past Independent Spending: 2002 2000

Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund

Total Independent Spending: $770.70
Spending Rank: 24

Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Victory Fund supports candidates opposed to abortion. It made its first appearance in the 2000 election. Pro-Life Wisconsin also utilized issue ads in the 2004 campaign.

Spending on:

Senate District 20 - $770.70

Past Independent Spending: 2002 2000

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $4,350

Realtors PAC

Total Independent Spending: $8,489.84
Spending Rank: 10

This is the political action committee of the Wisconsin Realtors Association, one of the most financially active interest group organizations in Wisconsin politics. The Realtors PAC has consistently placed among the highest political committee contributors in past elections. It is routinely among the highest contributors to candidates both through its PAC and its conduit. In the 2004 election cycle its conduit funneled more than $101,000 to legislative candidates. The Realtors Association was also involved in issue ads.

Spending on:

Senate District 22 - $5,092.84
Senate District 32 - $3,397.00

Past Independent Spending: 2002 2000

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $40,463

SEIU District 1199W

Total Independent Spending: $5,992.80
Spending Rank: 13

This is the political action committee of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199, also known as Wisconsin’s United Professionals, a statewide labor union representing the interests of health care workers in public and private employment in Wisconsin. It has offices in Madison and Milwaukee.

Spending on:

Assembly District 5 - $1,072.45
Assembly District 68 - $1,054.08
Assembly District 90 - $622.54
Assembly District 93 - $676.07

Senate District 30 - $2,567.66

Past Independent Spending: 2002

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $1,600

SEIU WI State Council(formerly Wisconsin SEIU Joint Council 4)

Total Independent Spending: $896.00
Spending Rank: 22

The political action committee of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a labor union which represents health care, homecare, nursing home, public service and building service workers in Wisconsin.

Spending on:

Assembly District 5 - $179.20
Assembly District 68 - $179.20
Assembly District 90 - $179.20
Assembly District 93 - $179.20

Senate District 30 - $179.20

Past Independent Spending: 2002

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $3,026

Southwest Education Association (SWEA)

Total Independent Spending: $5,259.53
Spending Rank: 14

UniServ (regional association) of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) that represents public school teachers, educational support personnel, technical college employees and student teachers in southwestern Wisconsin. SWEA’s conduit contributed at least $100 to 2004 legislative candidates in the 2003-2004 election cycle.

Spending on:

Assembly District 49 - $1,997.06
Assembly District 80 - $1,800.00

Senate District 32 - $1,462.47

Past Independent Spending: 2002 2000

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $2,500

TAA-PAC (UW-Madison Teacher Assistants)

Total Independent Spending: $1,660.75
Spending Rank: 20

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Teaching Assistant’s Association’s PAC formed in 2004. Its parent union is the statewide Wisconsin Federation of Teachers Committee on Political Education (WFT-COPE).

Spending on:

Assembly District 29 - $480.00
Assembly District 49 - $180.00
Assembly District 54 - $240.75
Assembly District 73 - $150.00

Senate District 32 - $610.00

Volunteers for Agriculture

Total Independent Spending: $104,794.02
Spending Rank: 3

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s political action committee that supports candidates with favorable positions toward agriculture.

Volunteers for Agriculture has a long history of doing independent spending, usually involving newspapers ads, radio ads and direct mail.

Spending on:

Assembly District 1 - $76.53
Assembly District 2 - $76.53
Assembly District 3 - $76.53
Assembly District 4 - $76.53
Assembly District 5 - $76.53
Assembly District 6 - $76.53
Assembly District 14 - $76.53
Assembly District 21 - $76.53
Assembly District 23 - $76.53
Assembly District 24 - $76.53
Assembly District 25 - $76.53
Assembly District 27 - $76.53
Assembly District 28 - $5,573.49
Assembly District 29 - $76.53
Assembly District 30 - $76.53
Assembly District 31 - $76.53
Assembly District 32 - $76.53
Assembly District 33 - $76.53
Assembly District 34 - $76.53
Assembly District 35 - $76.53
Assembly District 37 - $76.53
Assembly District 38 - $10,865.21
Assembly District 39 - $76.53
Assembly District 40 - $76.53
Assembly District 41 - $6,761.99
Assembly District 42 - $76.53
Assembly District 43 - $76.53
Assembly District 47 - $8,018.83
Assembly District 49 - $4,443.22
Assembly District 50 - $76.53
Assembly District 51 - $76.53
Assembly District 52 - $76.53
Assembly District 53 - $76.53
Assembly District 54 - $76.53
Assembly District 55 - $76.53
Assembly District 56 - $76.53
Assembly District 57 - $76.53
Assembly District 59 - $76.53
Assembly District 60 - $76.53
Assembly District 65 - $76.53
Assembly District 66 - $76.53
Assembly District 67 - $76.53
Assembly District 69 - $76.53
Assembly District 70 - $2,237.67
Assembly District 71 - $1,147.29
Assembly District 72 - $76.53
Assembly District 74 - $76.53
Assembly District 75 - $76.53
Assembly District 80 - $7,121.63
Assembly District 82 - $76.53
Assembly District 83 - $76.53
Assembly District 84 - $76.53
Assembly District 86 - $76.53
Assembly District 87 - $605.67
Assembly District 88 - $76.53
Assembly District 89 - $76.53
Assembly District 90 - $76.53
Assembly District 91 - $76.53
Assembly District 92 - $76.53
Assembly District 93 - $76.53
Assembly District 94 - $76.53
Assembly District 95 - $76.53
Assembly District 96 - $9,615.95
Assembly District 97 - $76.53
Assembly District 98 - $76.53

Senate District 2 - $76.53
Senate District 4 - $76.53
Senate District 8 - $76.53
Senate District 10 - $10,536.51
Senate District 12 - $9,433.22
Senate District 14 - $11,018.81
Senate District 18 - $76.53
Senate District 20 - $9,188.43
Senate District 24 - $76.53
Senate District 28 - $76.53
Senate District 30 - $1,263.84
Senate District 32 - $2,293.93

Past Independent Spending: 2002 2000

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $8,275

WEAC PAC

Total Independent Spending: $1,882,427.56
Spending Rank: 1

The Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) represents public school teachers, educational support personnel, technical college employees, and student teachers in Wisconsin. Through its PAC ($38,939 in contributions to 2004 legislative candidates) and two conduits (more than $47,000), WEAC is among the largest contributors in Wisconsin politics. It also spends substantial sums on independent expenditures and issue ads.

Spending on:

Assembly District 5 - $94,800.00
Assembly District 28 - $24,354.80
Assembly District 35 - $63,857.00
Assembly District 49 - $34,273.76
Assembly District 67 - $39,160.00
Assembly District 68 - $39,160.00
Assembly District 80 - $58,520.00
Assembly District 87 - $62,799.00
Assembly District 90 - $100,688.00

Senate District 12 - $299,960.00
Senate District 22 - $569,270.00
Senate District 30 - $222,195.00
Senate District 32 - $273,390.00

Past Independent Spending: 2002 2000

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $38,939

Winnebagoland Uniserv PAC

Total Independent Spending: $4,007.77
Spending Rank: 17

UniServ (regional association) of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) that represents public school teachers, educational support personnel, technical college employees, and student teachers in the Fond du Lac/southern Lake Winnebago area.

Spending on:

Assembly District 41 - $300.00
Assembly District 53 - $2,419.02
Assembly District 54 - $1,288.75

Past Independent Spending: 2000

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $1,750

Wisconsin Citizen Action PAC

Total Independent Spending: $25,500.00
Spending Rank: 7

Wisconsin Citizen Action is an organization whose self-described mission is advocacy of social, economic and environmental justice. They work to elect leaders at all levels of local, state and federal office who agree with their values and support their issues. This is its first foray into independent expenditures. Wisconsin Citizen Action also spent undisclosed amounts on issue ads.

Spending on:

Assembly District 73 - $25,500.00

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters

Total Independent Spending: $31,691.70
Spending Rank: 5

This is Wisconsin’s political action committee of the League of Conservation Voters, a pro- environment organization that informs the public about the environmental voting record of public officials. This group first made independent expenditures in 2002.

Spending on:

Assembly District 87 - $15,222.88
Assembly District 96 - $2,205.49

Senate District 22 - $9,263.33
Senate District 32 - $5,000.00

Past Independent Spending: 2002

Wisconsin Professional Police Association

Total Independent Spending: $3,281.96
Spending Rank: 18

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association represents the interests of Wisconsin law enforcement personnel, a task that requires lobbying the state government. The group first made independent expenditures in 2002.

Spending on:

Assembly District 28 - $1,679.40
Assembly District 67 - $650.00
Assembly District 85 - $952.56

Past Independent Spending: 2002

Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $2,100