Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on Construction Trades Coalition

Hijacking Campaign 2014

Construction Trades Coalition

Posted: July 28, 2014
Updated: May 25, 2017


This is a new independent expenditure group with a Pewaukee address that filed documents with the state showing it intended to make independent expenditures supporting and opposing both Republican and Democratic legislative candidates in the 2014 fall elections. 

The group supported Democratic candidate Mike Sheridan against two other Democrats in a three-way primary for the open seat in the 15th Senate District. The coalition sponsored a 30-second radio ad that touted Sheridan's  experience as a former legislative leader. Sheridan was Assembly Speaker before the Republicans took control of the Assembly in the 2010 elections and Sheridan lost his reelection bid.

The group also indicated it supported Republican Jeff Goelz over his two opponents in a three-way Republican primary for the open seat in the 4th Assembly District. It 

While neither of those candidates won their respective races, the Republicans the group favored in the 1st, 75th and 88th Assembly Districts did win.

Despite its documented activity in the 15th Senate District, the Construction Trades Coaltion did not file any campaign finance reports with the Government Accountability Board in 2014 and, therefore, did not report any independent expenditures.

This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board as an independent disbursement committee following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.