Hijacking Campaign 2010 - Information on Americans for Limited Government

Hijacking Campaign 2010

Americans for Limited Government

Posted: October 25, 2010
Updated: January 16, 2014

Estimated Spending: $125,000

Americans for Limited Government is a conservative group that advocates for lower taxes and spending, political term limits and reducing the size of government.  It is among numerous groups founded a few years back by New York real estate magnate Howard Rich, a friend of Grover Norquist,  to push a so-called Taxpayer Bill Rights around the country.

The group sponsored mailings - here and here - in late October that tried to tie Democratic candidate for governor Tom Barrett to the policies of outgoing Democratic Governor Jim Doyle, and accused Barrett of supporting tax increases as a former state legislator and congressman and current Milwaukee mayor.  "Higher taxes and out-of-control unemployment in Wisconsin!  Sounds like Jim Doyle, doesn't it?  But it's not.  It's someone just as bad," one of the mailings reads.