Hijacking Justice 2008
Independent Expenditures in the 2008 Supreme Court Campaign
Posted: March 20, 2008
Milwaukee group that advocates gay and lesbian rights and opposed the "gay marriage" referendum in 2006.
This PAC made independent expenditures to print and mail their candidate endorsements.
This group first registered as a PAC in Wisconsin to make independent expenditures in the 2008 Supreme Court race. Affiliated with the Arlington, VA-based Democratic Judicial Campaign Committee whose directors include former Wisconsin attorney general Peg Lautenschlager and former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, who are Democrats. It says its mission is to elect Democratic judges to state courts.
Reported independent expenditures for 35,000 or more get-out-the-vote calls and an unspecified number of email solicitations.
This is the political action committee of a Milwaukee-based group formed in mid-2004 that uses negative radio, television and newspaper advertising and mailings to support Democratic candidates and oppose Republican candidates. The group draws its cash from labor, lawyer, tribal and business interests.
In the 2008 Supreme Court race it reported making independent expenditures on advertising and phone calls. It also spent undisclosed amounts on issue ads in the race.
Political action committee of the Kenosha local of the AFL-CIO that made independent expenditures in a 1996 State Senate recall election.
It reported spending on newspaper ads in the 2008 general election.
The Milwaukee Police Association is the union for Milwaukee police officers. In 2006 the association’s PAC spent $1,683 on behalf of Milwaukee area candidates from both parties. It favored the Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general in 2006 and 2002. In the 2008 Supreme Court race the PAC made independent expenditures on a newspaper ad supporting then-incumbent Justice Louis Butler, who is from Milwaukee.
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, but in the 2004 election cycle it made more direct contributions to candidates - $7,525 - than it spent on independent expenditures.
In the 2008 Supreme Court race it reported spending to print and mail pro-Gableman postcards.
It reported spending on get-out-the-vote flyers and phone calls.
This political action committee is used by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation to support candidates who vote its way on agricultural issues. Volunteers for Agriculture has engaged in independent spending since 2000 through newspaper and radio ads and direct mail.
In 2006, the committee made independent expenditures totaling nearly $160,000 in the gubernatorial, attorney general, and eight legislative races.
A week before the election the PAC bought ads to support Judge Gableman in several farm publications.
The Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) represents public school teachers, educational support personnel, technical college employees, and student teachers in Wisconsin. WEAC is among the largest direct contributors to candidates for statewide office and the legislature. It also spends substantial sums on independent expenditures and issue ads.
WEAC spent about $2 million on independent expenditures in the 2006 election-- mostly to oppose the Republican candidate for governor.Just a week before the April 1 Supreme Court election WEAC ran a lurid 30-second TV ad that accused Gableman of giving child molestors light sentences.