Hijacking Recall 2012 - Information on Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters

Hijacking Recall 2012

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters PAC

Posted: April 19, 2012
Updated: January 10, 2014


This political action committee is controlled by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, a statewide environmental policy, education and advocacy organization.  In addition to lobbying the governor and legislature on environmental matters, the group is also active in state elections recruiting and supporting legislative and statewide candidates that support its agenda.  The PAC and its corporate arm have spent about $311,000 on independent expenditures between 2002 and 2011, including $98,318 during the summer 2011 Senate recall elections, mostly to support Democratic candidates.  The league's outside electioneering activities include door-to-door and telephone canvassing and broadcast advertising to support or oppose candidates.

The league did not endorse a candidate in the May 8, 2012 Democratic primary for governor but supported Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Walker's eventual opponent in the June 5 recall election, through independent spending by its corporation.

Republican Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican senators were the subjects of 2012 recall elections prompted by passage of the governor's anti-union legislation in 2011.

Last active election: Recall and Special 2011