Hijacking Campaign 2012 - Information on We Are Milwaukee Inc.

Hijacking Campaign 2012

We Are Milwaukee Inc.

Posted: July 31, 2012
Updated: January 9, 2014


This corporation was created by an alliance of community organizations and labor unions to make independent expenditures on behalf of Democratic legislative candidates. It advocates for a higher federal minimum wage and initially registered with the Government Ability Board to support challengers in Democratic primaries in the 11th Assembly district and the 6th Senate District.

The group sponsored a flier in the 6th Senate District race that attacked Representative Elizabeth Coggs of Milwaukee, one of four Democrats in the August 14 primary to succeed outgoing Democratic Senator Spencer Coggs.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Politifact feature on the flier said it lied by claiming Elizabeth Coggs supported millions of dollars in corporate tax breaks paid for with health care program cuts and increased taxes on the poor and middle class in the last legislative session.

Despite the flier, We Are Milwaukee Inc. never reported any independent spending and neither did its political action committee.

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.