Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on Greater Wisconsin Committee PAC

Hijacking Campaign 2014

Greater Wisconsin Committee PAC

Posted: August 20, 2014
Updated: May 25, 2017


This political action committee is controlled by the Greater Wisconsin Committee which was created in 2006 to support Democratic candidates in statewide and legislative elections. Greater Wisconsin is among the biggest spending outside electioneering groups in statewide and legislative elections. The group discloses little of its fundraising but gets the bulk of its cash from labor unions and Democratic ideological groups, like the Democratic Governors Association, that are also supported by wealthy business interests.

In addition to this PAC, the group also runs an independent disbursement group, an issue ad group and a 527 organization. Collectively, Greater Wisconsin's four entities spent an estimated $24.25 million between 2006 and 2013 on independent expenditures and phony issue ads in statewide and legislative elections.

The group opposed incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker in the 2014 election. Greater Wisconsin's PAC sponsored two 30-second television ads in August. One ad accused incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker's administration of doling out $570 million in state job creation funds to help businesses that contribute to his campaign. The ad plays off repeated criticism in recent years of the governor's job creation record and performance by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation - the state's lead economic development agency. The second ad accuses Walker of cutting more state public school aid than any other governor in the country during his first term in order to pay for tax breaks and state giveaways for "corporate friends."

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