Citizens for the Republic
Posted: April 4, 2011
Updated: January 16, 2014
Estimated Spending: $10,000
This is a political action committee formed in the late 1970s by Ronald Reagan to build conservative support for his second bid for the presidency in 1980. Today, the group advocates limited government and strong foreign policy, among other things, in an effort to revitalize the Republican Party in much the same way it claims Reagan did, according to its website.
The Virginia-based group is led by several political consultants and others with conservative credentials and Reagan administration officials, including former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese.
Citizens for the Republic sponsored prerecorded telephone calls shortly before the state’s April 5 spring elections that urged listeners to support incumbent Justice David Prosser in his reelection bid against Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg for a 10-year seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
The automated calls featured Meese who told listeners Prosser was a “Reagan Republican.”