Hijacking Recall 2012 - Information on Coalition for American Values Committee

Hijacking Recall 2012

Coalition for American Values Committee

Posted: June 4, 2012
Updated: January 15, 2014


The Coalition for American Values Action is a conservative, Illinois-based federal Super PAC. Its first entry in Wisconsin politics came with the June 5, 2012 recall elections prompted by the 2011 passage of Republican Governor Scott Walker's bill restricting public employee collective bargaining rights. Governor Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican held state Senate districts were targeted for recall.

The conservative group registered with the Government Accountability Board just days before the recall election as a corporate independent expenditure committee supporting Walker and reported sponsoring a 30-second television advertisement and a 60-second version of the same ad about a week before the recall election that featured comments from several people who claimed they didn't vote for Walker in the 2010 general election, but evidently intend to vote for him in the recall race because they believe he should be allowed to complete his four-year term.

The Coalition for American Values Committee was accused in a 2014 complaint of violating Wisconsin campaign finance laws for failing to disclose its funding for its 2012 recall activities.  Turns out the primary source of the group's funding was the Center to Protect Patient Rights, a conduit controlled by the billionaire Koch brothers that spread cash among numerous groups to pay for negative ads, mailings and other outside electioneering activities.

The group also registered a PAC for the recall elections, but the PAC reported no spending.

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.