Hijacking Campaign 2019 - Information on Republican State Leadership Committee – Judicial Fairness Initiative

Hijacking Campaign 2019 | Independent Expenditures | Issue Ads | Candidates | Campaign 2019

Posted: March 27, 2019
Updated: April 3, 2019

Spring: OathSpending

This arm of the Virginia-based group Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) sponsors outside electioneering activities to support conservative candidates in judicial races throughout the country.

The group’s judicial electioneering arm announced a week before the April 2 spring elections that it would spend at least $1 million on mailings and online and broadcast advertising to support conservative Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn. Hagedorn faces fellow Appeals Judge Lisa Neubauer for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Throughout the campaign Neubauer has drawn the support of traditionally Democratic campaign contributors and outside groups and Hagedorn has drawn the support of traditionally GOP contributors and groups.

One 30-second television ad by the group claimed Neubauer is supported by “radical out-of-state special interests.” A second 30-second ad repeatedly refers to Neubauer as “liberal Lisa” and claims special interests which support her are pushing a social agenda that is soft on crime.

By the day of the election it had reported spending over $1.2 million on radio, television and online advertising as well as robocalls.

The RSLC, which was created in 2002, supports Republican candidates for legislative office around the country, including Wisconsin where it has doled out nearly $4 million since 2010 to support GOP candidates.

Last election: 2016

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.