Hijacking Campaign 2016 - Information on We Are Wisconsin Political Fund

Hijacking Campaign 2016

We Are Wisconsin Political Fund

Posted: September 22, 2016
Updated: June 2, 2017

Fall: OathSpending

This is an independent disbursement committee created in 2012 by a coalition of national labor unions to make independent expenditures to support recalling Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four GOP state senators. The committee spent nearly $7.1 million through 2014 on electioneering activities to support Democratic candidates in Wisconsin legislative and statewide elections. 

We Are Wisconsin also operated a political action committee in 2011 that spent about $10.8 million to oppose Republican candidates in nine state Senate recall elections that year. The 2011 and 2012 recalls were prompted in reaction to Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature slashing public employee collective bargaining rights in March 2011.

The group reported spending over $70,000 - most of it for campaign staff  - to support Democrats in five Assembly and four Senate races: Assembly Districts 50, 51, 67, 68, 85 and Senate Districts 10, 12 and 18.

Last active election: 2014

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