Independent Expenditures

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Planned Parent Advocates of WI, Inc.

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Planned Parent Advocates of WI, Inc. (PPA-WI)

Posted: September 30, 2010
Update: January 8, 2014

OathSpending

This is the corporate entity making independent disbursements in the Fall 2010 state elections of pro-choice advocacy group, Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI. They registered with the Government Accountability Board following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC as a corporation. 

Planned Parenthod Advocates spent over $100,000 in support of Democratic candidates for governor and numerous Senate and Assembly seats.

The organization's political action committee, Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI Election Fund (PPAWI PAC), filed an oath for the same offices but reported no spending.

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Republican State Leadership Committee Inc.

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Republican State Leadership Committee Inc. (RSLC Inc.)

Posted: September 28, 2010
Updated: January 14, 2014

OathSpending

The Republican State Leadership Committee is a Virginia-based organization that registered as an out-of-state political action committee in June 2009 and terminated the PAC when they chose to form a corporation to make independent disbursements in the 2010 general elections in response to the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.  The PAC had no previous record of independent spending in Wisconsin elections. RSLC's mission is to get Republicans elected to state level offices around the country. The group's chairman in 2010, Tim Barnes, is a former Republican Party fundraiser and development director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  RSLC says Barnes worked "closely with corporate contributors to assist with policy initiatives at the USCC and with state and local Chambers of Commerce."

The RSLC created the Redistricting Majority Project dedicated to "keeping or winning Republican control of state legislatures that will have the most impact on congressional redistricting in 2011." Chris Jankowski, the executive director of the RSLC's redistricting project, told the Wall Street Journal that RSLC planned to spend about $1 million for 2010 Wisconsin elections, mostly on television ads. "We'll be providing air cover," he told the newspaper.

In Wisconsin RSLC ran ad campaigns opposing the reelections of Democratic State Senators Russ Decker and Kathleen Vinehout.

In mid-October, the group booked $307,350 in advertising time against Decker at three Wausau television stations through November 1.

Vinehout was the target of a direct mail ad (see below) by RSLC in early October claiming she is responsible for early release of convicts in Wisconsin.  The early release program was part of the 2009-11 state budget which Vinehout supported.  The mailing shows a young woman with a man's hand over her mouth and suggests readers vote against Vinehout to show they "care about your safety in Wisconsin."

The group spent nearly $1 million on the election.

RSLC Flyer Opposing Senator Vinehout
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Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on NRA Political Victory Fund

Hijacking Campaign 2010

NRA Political Victory Fund

Posted: September 24, 2010
Updated: January 17, 2014

OathSpending

The NRA Political Victory Fund is the political action committee of the Virginia-based National Rifle Association. The committee supports pro-gun candidates mainly through independent spending in state and federal races nationwide. 

The group launched a 30-second television ad in mid-October 2010 - here - that said legislation to legalize the carrying of concealed weapons had twice been vetoed by the Democratic inucumbent governor Jim Doyle and that Democratic candidate for governor Tom Barrett would do the same. "It's time we elect a governor who believes in our right to self-defense.  It's time for (Republican candidate for governor) Scott Walker," the ad said.

Last active election: 2008

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Northwoods Patriot Group Inc.

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Northwoods Patriot Group Inc.

Posted September 17, 2010
Updated: January 17, 2014

OathSpending

This independent expenditure group was newly organized in 2010 by the Northwoods Patriots, a Tea Party organization based in Eagle River, Wisconsin.

In fall 2010 the group ran a newspaper ad campaign in support of Republican and in opposition to Democratic candidates for the 34th Assembly District, governor, attorney general and lieutenant governor.

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. The committee formally ceased operations in early 2011.

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Fair Wisconsin PAC

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Fair Wisconsin PAC

Posted: September 16, 2010
Updated: January 8, 2014

OathSpending

Fair Wisconsin advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and fairness policies in Wisconsin. The PAC was formed to do independent expenditures in the 2007 Supreme Court Elections in support of Linda Clifford following its formation as a referendum group in 2006 to campaign against the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and civil unions in Wisconsin.

In 2010 Fair Wisconsin supported Democratic candidates for governor and attorney general as well as several Senate and Assembly districts.

Last active election: 2008

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Operating Engineers 139 PAC

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Operating Engineers 139 PAC

Posted: September 8, 2010
Updated: January 17, 2014

OathSpending

The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) is the Pewaukee-based trade union representing heavy equipment operators, mechanics, and surveyors that represents mostly road construction workers. At the time of the election their business manager and PAC treasurer was Terrance McGowan, serving his third term in 2010 Before 2010, Local #139 was last active in Wisconsin elections in the fall of 2002 when it supported Jim Doyle for governor.

Local 139's political action committee got involved in the 2010 general elections by sponsoring two radio advertisements in September supporting incumbent Democratic Senator Jeff Plale of South Milwaukee against a primary challenge from Milwaukee County supervisor Chris Larson in the 7th Senate District. Plale lost in the primary.

Last active election: 2002

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on IUPAT Political Action

Hijacking Campaign 2010

IUPAT Political Action

Posted: September 8, 2010
Updated: January 17, 2014

OathSpending

This is the political action committee for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), a labor union for the building finishing trades such as painters, drywall finishers, and floor covering installers. They operate out of Hanover, Maryland. This is the first time the PAC has reported independent expenditures since the Democracy Campaign started monitoring such activity. The PAC has been registered with the state since 1981.

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Wisconsin Right to Life, O.M.I.D.

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Wisconsin Right to Life, O.M.I.D.

Posted: September, 10, 2010
Updated: January 17, 2014

OathSpending

This is the anti-abortion advocacy group's corporate entity organized to make independent expenditures in the fall 2010 state elections. This group registered with the Government Accountability Board as a corporation following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.

While the corporation filed an oath with a long list of offices as potential subjects for independent expenditures, it only reported spending modest spending on one race, the 5th Senate District. It's political action committee reported much more extensive spending.

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on American Federation for Children Action Fund Inc.

Hijacking Campaign 2010

American Federation for Children Action Fund Inc.

Posted: August 31, 2010
Updated: May 15, 2017

OathSpending

This organization is the state arm of the American Federation for Children, a school choice group based in Washington, D.C. It is a spin-off of Michigan-based All Children Matter which has been active in past Wisconsin elections primarily doing phony issue advocacy.  Betsy de Vos is chair of the AFC and spouse of Dick de Vos, Michigan billionaire and son of Amway Corporation co-founder Richard de Vos. Scott Jensen, former state Republican Assembly leader and one of the leading figures in the Wisconsin caucus scandal, has been a senior policy advisor at the organization.

American Federation for Children Action Fund is 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 state group received $50,000 from its national arm and spent a total of $32,325 in August on canvassing to support three losing candidates in three different Milwaukee-area Democratic primaries in 2010.  In addition to pro-school choice incumbent State Senator Jeff Plale, they supported two candidates for open seats in Assembly Districts 8 and 10. Independent incumbent Representative Bob Ziegelbauer was the only candidate AFC supported in the general election.

In addition to this disclosed activity, AFC started undisclosed issue ad campaigns in October.

Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Volunteers for Agriculture

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Volunteers for Agriculture

Posted: August 27, 2010
Updated: January 17, 2014

OathSpending

Volunteers for Agriculture is the political action committee of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.

They generally sponsor direct mailings that support Republican candidates for statewide office and the legislature, however they backed Justice Michael Gableman in his Spring 2008 nonpartisan race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
 
In the 2010 fall elections, the PAC endorsed Republican primary candidate Marv Prestrud to replace independent Jeff Wood in Assembly District 67 and Scott Walker for governor.  The group sponsored a 30-second radio ad in October supporting Walker because it claimed he would lower taxes and help farmers.

Last active election: 2008

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