Independent Expenditures

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on New Prosperity Foundation

Hijacking Campaign 2010

New Prosperity Foundation

Posted: October 29, 2010
Updated: January 17, 2014

OathSpending

The New Prosperity Foundation is a Chicago-based phony issue ad group created in 2009 that attracted support from some of  former President George Bush's top fundraisers.  The group's mission is to help Republicans get elected in 10 Midwestern states, including Wisconsin, according to its website. 

In 2010 the group's co-chairmen were two prominent Chicago businessmen - Gregory Baise, head of the Illinois Manufacturers Association and a former state transportation secretary, and Ronald Gidwitz, a 2006 unsuccessful Illinois governor candidate and 2004 "Bush Pioneer," meaning he raised at least $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney reelection effort.

The group kicked off its Wisconsin efforts at the federal level in August with a $50,000 media buy against Democrat Julie Lassa, who faced Republican Sean Duffy for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District seat, a seat left open by the retirement of Democrat Dave Obey after representing that district for 42 years.

Only days before the November 2 election the group reported spending $17,000 on a radio ad in support of incumbent Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Pro-Life WI Victory Fund PAC

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Pro-Life WI Victory Fund PAC

Posted: October 22, 2010
Updated: January 8, 2014

OathSpending

Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Victory Fund supports candidates opposed to abortion. It made its first appearance in the 2000 election. Pro-Life Wisconsin also utilized issue ads in the 2004 campaign.

The PAC ran an ad campaign in Senate District 5 against Democratic incumbent Senator Jim Sullivan and in support of successful Republican challenger 14th Assembly District Representative Leah Vukmir.

Last active election: 2004

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Building a Stronger Wisconsin PAC

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Building a Stronger Wisconsin PAC

Posted: October 21, 2010
Updated: May 15, 2017

OathSpending

This is the first time Building a Stronger Wisconsin has utilized its political action committee to do independent expenditures. Their political ad campaigns have traditionally been under the guise of phony issue ads since the group's inception in 2007, a stratagem that was not neglected in 2010.

The PAC reported spending over $40,000 against Republican candidates in five Senate races.

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Corn PAC

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Corn PAC

Posted: October 21, 2010
Updated: January 17, 2014

OathSpending

Corn PAC is a relatively new political action committee of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association. The PAC first ventured into independent expenditures with the fall 2010 elections supporting Republican and Democratic legislative incumbents, all members of their respective house's agriculture, rural economic development and bioruels committees or strong proponents of biofuels.

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Citizens for Fox Valley Jobs

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Citizens for Fox Valley Jobs (CFVJ)

Posted: October 21, 2010
Updated: May 15, 2017

OathSpending

This was a new political action committee of regional labor interests based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin formed for the sole purpose of making independent expenditures in the 2010 election.  The group listed Dave Moffitt of Waupun as treasurer. A Wisconsin State AFL-CIO blog entry in August 2010 listed Moffitt as a member of Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 4622 and legislative representative for the Fond du Lac County Labor Council. CWA Local 4622 represents employees of AT&T and Johnson Control in Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam, and Oshkosh. Jason Stephany, former executive director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, was also listed as a contact for the PAC.

CFVJ unsuccessfully opposed Fond du Lac native and Republican candidate Jeremy Thiesfeldt in Assembly District 52.

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Greater Wisconsin Political Fund

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Greater Wisconsin Political Fund

Posted: October 20, 2010
Updated: January 14, 2014

OathSpending

This is Greater Wisconsin Committee's new independent expenditure group 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.  The new independent expenditure group joins three other facets of the committee's outside electioneering activities - its 527 group, political action committee and phony issue ad outfit.

While their PAC focused resources on a negative ad campaign against Republican Scott Walker in the race for governor, the political fund did ads in the race for governor, as well as ads opposing Republicans in Assembly Districts 42, 49, 57, 75 and 92.

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Citizens for Southwest Wisconsin

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Citizens for Southwest Wisconsin

Posted: October 20, 2010
Updated: May 15, 2017

Oath Spending

Citizens for Southwest Wisconsin was organized in 2010 and lists Platteville business consultant Cindy Tang as its treasurer. Tang founded a software engineering company in the 1980s and was co-chair of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Foundation Board of Directors at the time of the election.

The PAC supported successful Republican challenger Travis Tranel in the 49th Assembly district

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Koch Industries, Inc.

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Koch Industries Inc.

Posted: October 12, 2010
Updated: January 17, 2014

OathSpending

Koch Industries 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. This energy conglomerate is based in Wichita, Kansas. As a multi-industry company they have a diverse set of global subsidiaries including petroleum refineries, forest products and cattle ranching.

Koch Industries is owned by brothers Charles and David Koch.  The company is reported to be the second-largest privately owned firm in the country and the Kochs, longtime libertarians, giving more than $100 million to conservative causes, according to a 2010 expose in New Yorker magazine.

The company's out-of-state political action committee contributes regularly to Wisconsin elections, including Supreme Court Justice candidates Annette Ziegler and Mike Gableman, but had not been active with independent expenditures as of 2010. The corporation made modest expenditures supporting selected incumbents of either party but  limited support for challengers to Republicans. Incumbents supported had party or committee leadership roles in the area of energy, natural resources or finance. The company even listed retiring incumbent Representative Kitty Rhoades (30th Assembly District) among the candidates it intended to support in 2010. The Koch PAC was a habitual contributor to her campaign as a former Joint Finance Commitee co-chairperson.

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI Political Fund

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI Political Fund (PPAWI Political Fund)

Posted: October 4, 2010
Updated: January 8, 2014

OathSpending

This is another new corporate entity (see PPA-WI) of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin registered with the Government Accountability Board as making independent disbursements in the Fall 2010 state elections following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. They share contact information with their new PAC, Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI Election Fund (PPAWI PAC).

The Political Fund made independent expenditures in support of Tom Barrett and in opposition to Scott Walker.

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Citizen Action of Wisconsin Inc.

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Inc.

Posted: Sepember 30, 2014
Updated: January 8, 2014

OathSpending

This is the corporate entity making independent disbursements in the Fall 2010 state elections for the group Citizen Action of Wisconsin, registered with the Government Accountability Board following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. This organization describes itself as a broad "progressive coalition" working for "social, economic and environmental justice," and whose "partners include the state's leading labor, senior citizen, environmental, community, interfaith, women's, family farm, teacher's, and civil rights organizations and Native American tribes."

The organization also has a registered political action committee last active in the fall 2004 elections.

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