Hijacking Campaign 2012 - Information on Volunteers for Agriculture

Hijacking Campaign 2012

Volunteers for Agriculture

Posted: May 10, 2012
Updated: January 14, 2014

Fall: OathSpending
Recall: OathSpending

This is the political action committee controlled by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, one of the state's top lobbying and advocacy organizations on agricultural issues and policy. The PAC has been a consistent direct contributor to candidates for statewide office and the legislature for several years. In addition, the PAC spent nearly a million dollars on independent expenditures, generally to support Republican candidates, between 2000 and 2012.

Fall Elections

In the final weeks leading up to the November 6 general election the group reported spending more than $55,000 on radio ads to support three Assembly incumbents - Republicans Travis Tranel of Cuba City and Howard Marklein of Spring Green and Democrat Amy Sue Vruwink of Milladore.

Recall Elections

The group spent $132,120 on outside electioneering activities in several of the 2011 Senate recall races prompted by passage of Republican Governor Scott Walker's plan to restrict public employee collective bargaining rights.

The PAC reported spending nearly $45,000 in radio and newspaper ads to support Walker and GOP Senator Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls in the June 5, 2012 recall elections.  Moulton's seat was one of four GOP Senate seats subjected to recall in 2012.

Last active election: Recall 2011