Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Building a Stronger Wisconsin

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Building a Stronger Wisconsin

Posted: September 14, 2010
Updated: January 16, 2014

Estimated Spending: $800,000

This phony issue ad group formed in 2007 to back Democratic legislative candidates spent an estimated $400,000 in the 2008 legislative races.  It claims its chief interests are increasing public awareness about good schools, affordable health care, jobs and infrastructure.  In 2010 Building a Stronger Wisconsin was reportedly run by then-Democratic Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker of Schofield.  Its past leaders include former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala of Madison, who was charged, convicted and jailed in the caucus scandal, and Michael Ryan, a former Wisconsin Laborers District Council official.

Building a Stronger Wisconsin got involved in the 2010 elections with a mid-September radio ad smearing Republican State Senate candidate Terry Moulton who was running against freshman Democratic State Senator Patrick Kreitlow in western Wisconsin's 23rd District.  The ad claimed Moulton opposed abortion in all cases, access to emergency contraception for rape victims and equal pay for women who work the same jobs as men.  The group also sponsored a similar mailing against Moulton.

In mid-October 2010, Building a Stronger Wisconsin sponsored a mailing that slammed Republican Assembly Representative Leah Vukmir of Wauwatosa for voting against three proposals in 2005 and 2008 to require hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims.  Vukmir challenged freshman incumbent Democratic State Senator Jim Sullivan of Wauwatosa for his 5th District seat. 

Both Moulton and Vukmir prevailed in their respective races.

Last active election: 2008