Hijacking Campaign 2012 - Information on America Votes Action Fund

Hijacking Campaign 2012

America Votes Action Fund

Posted: October 29, 2012
Updated: January 14, 2014


The Washington D.C.-based America Votes first registered this corporation with the Government Accountability Board to conduct independent expenditure campaigns against Wisconsin Republican state senators targeted for recall in 2011.  The fund did not report making any such expenditures in that summer's nine recall elections; instead, the group transferred money for recall activities to two other groups, the Greater Wisconsin Committee and We Are Wisconsin, the latter a coalition of national labor groups

America Votes is an outside electioneering group that has spent millions of dollars nationwide to back progressive Democratic candidates since the organization was created in 2004.  The group was formed by former Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope, EMILY's List founder Ellen Malcolm and Harold Ickes, a former adviser to former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton. 

In the fall 2012 Wisconsin elections, the corporation sponsored a phone bank backing six Assembly and two Senate Democratic candidates. 

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.