Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on American Justice Partnership

Hijacking Campaign 2010

American Justice Partnership

Posted: May 14, 2010
Updated: May 15, 2017

Estimated Spending: $600,000

American Justice Partnership was an out-of-state pro-business coalition of corporations, foundations and business trade groups affiliated with the National Association of Manufacturers which spent millions on federal campaigns mostly to support Republican candidates.

The group was created by Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus and former Michigan Republican Governor John Engler to push state level efforts to control damage awards and make it more difficult to sue businesses in court.

American Justice Partnership was one of two groups that started running issue ads in May 2011.  The group sponsored two 30-second television ads in the governor's race supporting Republican Scott Walker.  The other group, the Democratic-leaning Greater Wisconsin Political Fund, sponsored ads attacking Walker and his primary opponent, Mark Neumann.

American Justice Partnership's two ads mostly showed film clips of Walker saying he will create jobs by lowering taxes and easing regulations on business.

The Michigan-based group claims its Wisconsin partner is Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and counts among its political victories the elections of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Annette Ziegler in 2007 and Michael Gableman in 2008 and state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in 2006.

The Democracy Campaign has estimated WMC spent about $6.5 million on negative broadcast advertising, mailings and other outside electioneering activities in the three races to support Ziegler, Gableman and Van Hollen.

As of the last update, this organization no longer appears to be active as the site's URL now leads to a site on writing research papers. The site's copyright is credited to the American Justice Partnership.