Hijacking Campaign 2019 - Information on Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund

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Posted: March 4, 2019
Updated: April 1, 2019

Spring: OathSpending

This committee was created in 2010 by the left-leaning Greater Wisconsin Committee to make independent expenditures in Wisconsin elections.

Toward the end of February, it reported spending $10,000 towards online ads in opposition to Court of Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn for the state Supreme Court. Hagedorn is running against fellow Court of Appeals Judge Lisa Neubauer to fill the Supreme Court seat being vacated by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

In mid-March, the group sponsored nearly $23,000 in additional online advertising.  The group also roled out a 30-second TV ad that accused Hagedorn of having extreme views on abortion because he opposed the procedure even in cases where the mother's health was in danger. 

In late March the group roled out two more television ads.  One 30-second ad said Hagedorn accepted money for speeches to an anti-gay hate group.  The second ad said Hagedorn publicly supported proposed laws as Republican Gov. Scott Walker's former legal counsel that shielded nursing homes from liability for patient abuse and made it more difficult to sue lead-paint manufacturers when their product sickens children.

At the end of March the group reported spending an additional $800,000 on televsion and online advertising.

The committee's parent organization is also involved in issue ads in the Supreme Court election.

Last active election: 2018

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