Hijacking Campaign 2013 - Information on WEAC PAC

Hijacking Campaign 2013


Posted: March 11, 2013
Updated: January 13, 2014

Special election: OathSpending
Spring election: OathSpending

This political action committee is sponsored by the Wisconsin Education Association Council - the state's largest teachers union.  Among labor unions, WEAC PAC is one of the largest direct contributors to candidates for statewide office and the legislature, usually Democrats.  In addtion to campaign contributions, the PAC spent more than $5 million since between 2008 and 2012 on independent expenditures in partisan and non-partisan electioins alike. The PAC also funnels money to Democratic ideological groups like the Greater Wisconsin Committee to spend on election activities.

In the April 2013 spring elections WEAC PAC made nearly $600,000 in independent expenditures supporting Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers successful reelection campaign and Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Ed Fallone's unsuccessful challenge to incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack. All but a few hundred dollars of that sum was spent on behalf of Evers.

As part of this effort, WEAC PAC sponsored a 30-second TV ad that called Evers a visionary educator who believes the state's future is tied to its investment in education. The ad started airing about two weeks before the April 2 election.

Later in 2013 WEAC PAC indicated interest in one of the special legislative elections held that fall but reported no spending.

The PAC's affiliated corporate entity, Wisconsin Education Association Council, filed oaths of independent disbursements for the 2013 spring elections and one of the special elections held in the fall of that year but did not report any spending in either.

Last active election: 2011