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Hijacking Recall 2012

Moving Wisconsin Forward Committee

Posted: June 19, 2012
Updated: January 15, 2014


This Madison-based political action committee was created to make independent expenditures to support Republican Governor Scott Walker in his successful campaign to keep his office in a June 5 recall election. Walker was one of six Republican office holders targeted for recall in 2012 in response to 2011 passage of his bill to restrict public employee bargaining rights. The other five were Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four state senators.

The PAC did not register with the state and disclose its spending until after the election - an apparent violation of state law.  The committee's treasurer was Joe Fadness, a former state Republican Party field director and Walker campaign adviser.  Fadness was also among those who testified in a John Doe probe of the campaign activities by some of Walker's current and past aides when the governor was Milwaukee County executive.