Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on Committee for Justice & Fairness - Wisconsin

Hijacking Campaign 2014

Committee for Justice & Fairness - Wisconsin

Posted: September 23, 2014
Updated: May 24, 2017


This new state political action committee is run by a Washington D.C.-based super PAC to make independent expenditures to support Democratic candidates. The national committee created in 2010 claims to work on behalf of middle-class Americans and against powerful special interests on consumer protection, public safety and economic issues. 

Campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show the group received most of its support - about $1.4 million - during the first nine months of 2014 from the Democratic Attorneys General Association.  Reports filed by the attorneys general group with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service show the group gets much of its cash from big business, including pharmaceutical, telecommunications, insurance, transportation, health care, banking and manufacturing interests.

The corporation supported Democratic candidate and Jefferson County District Atttorney Susan Happ against Republican candidate and Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel in the November 4 general election for attorney general. Happ and Schimel were seeking to replace the outgoing two-term incumbent Republican J.B. Van Hollen.

The group sponsored a 30-second television ad -that accused Schimel of cutting deals that reduced sentences in child sexual assault and pornography cases while he was a district attorney. The corporation purchased advertising time in television markets throughout the state in the final two weeks before the elections.

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.