Hijacking Recall 2012 - Information on FreedomWorks for America - Wisconsin

Hijacking Recall 2012

FreedomWorks for America - Wisconsin

Posted: April 9, 2012
Updated: January 15, 2014


This is a Washington D.C.-based conservative group created in 2004 by former Republican congressmen Dick Armey and Jack Kemp to help elect GOP congressional candidates.  FreedomWorks' top issues include repealing the Affordable Care Act, lower taxes, less government spending and regulation.  In recent years the group has become a key player in the tea party movement. In April 2012 Freedomworks registered as a corporation with the state's Government Accountabilty Board for the sole purpose of making independent expenditures to support Republican Governor Scott Walker in a June 5 recall election. Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four GOP Senate seats faced recalls in response to passage of the governor's 2011 plan to restrict public employee collective bargaining rights.

The corporation spent neatly $51,000 on brochures, yard signs and online advertising in support of Walker.  The committee requested termination just two months after Walker's victory in the recall.

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.