Hijacking Campaign 2019

Hijacking Campaign 2019 - Information on Midwest Growth Fund

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Posted: March 21, 2019
Updated: March 22, 2019

Spring: OathSpending

Little is known about this group. It maintains a one page website and lists only an Appleton, Wis. post office box as its address along with an individual named Bruce Barrett as its treasurer in paperwork filed with the state Ethics Commission. The group first made independent expenditures in the Republican primary for the 1st Senate District special election held last year.

The group started mailing flyers in mid-March attacking Appeals Court Judge Lisa Neubauer, candidate in the April 2 Wisconsin Supreme Court election, an officially non-partisan office. The flyers accuse Neubauer of being a Democrat and feature a picture of her flanked by photoshopped images of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The ad goes on to detail her links to the Democratic Party and accuses her of supporting the "Green New Deal." The flyer concludes by urging the reader to vote against Neubauer. No mention is made of her opponent, fellow Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn. It reported spending about $26,000 on the flyers and another $20,000 on canvassing. Images of the flyer can be seen below. Click on the images to enlarge

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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.

Hijacking Campaign 2019 - Information on Wisconsin Family Action, Inc. - 1.91

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Posted: March 26, 2019
Updated: April 3, 2019

Spring: OathSpending

This independent disbursement committee is sponsored by Wisconsin Family Action, a conservative group that opposes gay marriage and domestic partnerships.

About a week before the April 2 election it first reported spending to support 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.

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.

Hijacking Campaign 2019 - Information on Wisconsin Conservation Voters Independent Expenditure Committee

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March 27, 2019

Spring: OathSpending

This committee was newly formed in fall 2018 by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, a statewide environmental advocacy group, to make independent expenditures on behalf of candidates the League supports in legislative and statewide elections.

About a week before the April 2 election, the committee reported spending $100,000 on mailers and research to support Court of Appeals Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer for the state Supreme Court. Neubauer is running against fellow Court of Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn to fill the seat being vacated by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

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.

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

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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.

Hijacking Campaign 2019 - Information on FreedomWorks for America – Wisconsin

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Posted: March 28, 2019
Updated: March 29, 2019

Spring: OathSpending

This Washington D.C.-based conservative group was created in 2004 by former Republican congressmen Dick Armey and Jack Kemp to help elect GOP congressional candidates. 

FreedomWorks' top issues include repealing the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, lower taxes, and less government spending and regulation.  The group was also a key player in the tea party movement about 10 years ago.

About a week before the April 2 spring elections the group filed paperwork showing it sponsored robocalls on behalf of Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn. Hagedorn is running against fellow Appeals Judge Lisa Neubauer for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

It later reported additional spending towards online advertising.

The first and last time the group surfaced in Wisconsin state elections was during the 2012 recall races when it spent about $51,000 to support former GOP Gov. Scott Walker.

Last election: 2012

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.

Hijacking Campaign 2019 - Candidates

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Posted: January 18, 2019
Updated: March 21, 2019

Click on a candidate's name to see any independent expenditures reported as explicitly for or against a that candidate. Click on the office link to see all independent expenditures spent on that office if any.

 

CandidatePartyOfficeElection
Hagedorn, Brian Non-Partisan Supreme Court Spring
McGuire, Tip Democrat Assembly District 64 Special
Neubauer, Lisa Non-Partisan Supreme Court Spring
Stalker, Mark Republican Assembly District 64 Special
Walkington, Gina Democrat Assembly District 64 Special
Zimmerman, Spencer Democrat Assembly District 64 Special

Hijacking Campaign 2019

Posted: January 18, 2019
Updated: July 16, 2019

A guide to independent expenditures and issue ads in the the 2019 state Supreme Court election and the 64th Assembly District special election.

For information about candidate financial activity see Campaign 2019.

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Hijacking Campaign 2019 - Information on Americans for Prosperity IE Committee

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

Spring: OathSpending

This is a group created in 2003 by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire owners of Koch Industries and Wisconsin-based papermaker Georgia-Pacific.

In late February it reported spending over $17,000 on canvassing expenses to support 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 dropped another $70,000 on door hangers and mailings (here, here here and here) to support Hagedorn. Less than two weeks before the April 2 election it reported spending an additional $44,000 on mailers.

Less than a week before the election it reported spending an additional $75,000 on mailers and and postcards.

Last active election: 2018

This organization is an unregistered independent expenditure committee that is required to report any such spending done within 60 days of a primary or an election to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission per Chapter 11, Subchapter X of Wisconsin Statutes.

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