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Hijacking Recall 2012

People for the American Way

Posted: May 24, 2012
Updated: May 17, 2017


This corporation was created to make independent expenditures to support Democrats in nine Senate recall elections in 2011. Six Republican and three Democratic incumbents were targeted for recall because of their support or opposition to a plan by GOP Governor Scott Walker to restrict public employee collective bargaining rights; a plan passed in March 2011 despite massive protests against it at the capitol. The Washington D.C.-based group, which was founded by television producer Norman Lear in 1981, spent about $167,000 on those efforts.

In late May 2012, the corporation sponsored a 60-second Spanish-language ad that urged listeners to vote for Democrat Tom Barrett in his effort to beat Walker in a June 5 recall election. Walker, the lieutenant governor and four GOP Senate seats were targeted for a second round of recalls. 

The corporation had not registered or filed other required paperwork with the Government Accountability Board prior to airing the advertisement.

Last active election: Recall 2011

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.