Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Citizens for a Progressive Wisconsin Political Fund

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Citizens for a Progressive Wisconsin Political Fund

Posted: August 13, 2010
Updated: January 8, 2014


Citizens for a Progressive Wisconsin Political Fund and the Citizens for a Progressive Wisconsin PAC, were part of a new Milwaukee-based independent expenditure group whose treasurer was listed as John Budzinski, a former union official with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United State and Canada.  The PAC and corporation spent a combined $29,283 in August on negative mailings to oppose the reelection of Democratic Senator Jeff Plale of South Milwaukee.

The group's August mailings accused Plale of being the "Absolute Conservative" and sponsoring legislation that helped the energy, cable and telecommunications industries.  Another mailer accused Plale of being against stem-cell research and abortion.  One of the mailings showed a race car decaled with the words "Lobbyists," "Cable Industries," "Big Oil Companies" and "Energy Utilities."  A phrase above the race car reads:  "Race cars should have corporate sponsors. . . Senator Jeff Plale's campaign should not." 

In the end the PAC and corporation spent over $68,000 combined in their successful campaign to replace Senator Plale with a Democrat more to their liking.

This organization registered with the Government Accountability Board following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC as a corporation making independent disbursements in the Fall 2010 state elections.