Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund

Hijacking Campaign 2014

Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund

Posted: September 30, 2014
Updated: July 1, 2015


This corporation created in 2010 to make independent expenditures is one of four entities controlled by a group commonly known as the Greater Wisconsin Committee.  Collectively, the committee's arms - a corporation, 527 group, political action committee and phony issue ad group - spent an estimated $24.25 million between 2006 and 2013 to support Democratic candidates for statewide office and the legislature.  This corporation alone doled out $10.51 million for independent expenditures between 2010 and 2013.

The group discloses little of its funding sources but gets substantial contributions to pay for its electioneering activities from labor unions and Democratic ideological groups that are supported by influential business interests, according to reports filed by Greater Wisconsin's 527 group with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. 

The group filed an oath with the Government Accountability Board indicating its intent to make independent expenditures in the 2014 races for governor and attorney general as well as two senate races but never reported making any. The Greater Wiconsin Committee made "issue ads" instead.

Last active election: 2013

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.