Hijacking Justice 2011

Hijacking Justice 2011 - Information on JKLO

Hijacking Justice 2011

JKLO

Posted: March 15, 2011
Updated: April 7, 2011

Candidate supported: JoAnne Kloppenburg
Reported spending: $192

Little is known about JKLO. The PAC first registered with the Government Accountability Board on March 10, 2011 and was apparently formed for the sole purpose of supporting the Kloppenburg campaign for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The treasurer is listed as Laura Chern, a DNR employee. The legal counsel is listed as Anita Krasno, an attorney with the Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission. Both have made modest contributions to Democratic candidates in the past.

Hijacking Justice 2011 - Information on the Dane County Citizen Action Coalition

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Dane County Citizen Action Coalition

Posted: March 14, 2011
Updated: July 22, 2011

Candidate supported: JoAnne Kloppenburg
Reported Spending: $2,825

This new political action commitee registered with the Government Accountablity Board on March 9, 2011 and filed an oath to support Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg in her April 5 bid to unseat incumbent Justice David Prosser.

An organizer of the PAC says it raised individual contributions to producer flyers and place ads in suburban Madison newspapers in Mount Horeb, Verona, Cross Plains, Middleton, Oregon, Stoughton and Edgerton.  The group's treasurer is Rene Heiden, who was involvedin 2011efforts to recall Republican senators who supported Governor Scott Walker's plan to end most public employee collective rights.

Hijacking Justice 2011 - Information on Wisconsin Right to Life PAC

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Wisconsin Right to Life PAC

Posted: February 17, 2011
Updated: April 1, 2011

Candidate supported: David Prosser
Reported spending: $1,262

This statewide, anti-abortion advocacy group has long engaged in outside electioneering activities in legislative and statewide campaigns although the extent of its reported acitvity has declined in recent years. This was the first time it had reported any independent expenditures in a Supreme Court race since 2003 when the organization supported current Supreme Court Justice Patrice Roggensack in her successful campaign for a newly vacant seat on the court.

In mid-March 2011 Wisconsin Right to Life started sending issue ad flyers in support of Justice David Prosser's bid for reelection on April 5.

Last active election: 2010

Hijacking Justice 2011 - Information on Club for Growth Wisconsin

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Club for Growth Wisconsin

Posted: February 8, 2011
Updated: January 16, 2014

Estimated Spending: $520,000

This phony issue ad group is the state arm of the national Club for Growth which supports Republican candidates for federal office.  Club for Growth Wisconsin spent more than $1 million on outside electioneering activities in the 2007 and 2008 state Supreme Court races and the 2008 and 2010 fall elections.

Club for Growth Wisconsin was the first outside special interest group to promote a candidate in the 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court race.  The group spent at least $321,000 in the two weeks leading up to the February 15 primary to air a television ad supporting incumbent Justice David Prosser.  The ad contains pictures of Prosser and positive comments about him.  The ad refers viewers to a web site run by the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council to learn more about Prosser.

But the lofty sounding Wisconsin Civil Justice Council has nothing to do with the legal profession.  The council is a coalition of powerful business, manufacturing, insurance, construction, transportation and health care groups that support policies making it more difficult to sue businesses.  The council's site includes a 23-page report on the state Supreme Court and some of its decisions in business cases.  One part of the report says "Justice Prosser has a proven track record of being pro-business and is known for his deliberate, well-reasoned decisions.  Based on the experiences and track records of each of Justice Prosser's opponents, this election will determine whether the court remains pro-business, or whether it reverts to issuing decisions benefiting" those who sue businesses.

The Wisconsin Civil Justice Council backs legislation that reduces punitive damage awards against businesses when they are sued.  Critics, including aging groups, say the legislation also makes it more difficult for people injured by defective products to sue businesses and it protects nursing homes when they are accused of abusing or neglecting their patients.

Club for Growth also sponsored radio advertisments in March 2011 criticizing Prosser's opponent,  Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg.

Last active election: 2010

Hijacking Justice 2011: Independent Expenditures

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Independent Expenditures

Posted: January 31, 2011
Updated: June 8, 2015

PACs and corporations that declared their intent to make independent expenditures on behalf of candidates in the 2011 Supreme Court campaign. Click on a PAC or corporation's name for more information.

For information about candidate financial activity and a summary of all outside special interest spending see our 2011 campaign finance profile for Justice David Prosser.

 

Hijacking Justice 2011 - Information on Citizens for Impartial Justice (Pro-Kloppenburg)

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Citizens for Impartial Justice (Pro-Kloppenburg)

Posted: March 17, 2011
Updated: April 4, 2011

Candidate supported: JoAnne Kloppenburg
Reported spending: None

Citizens for Impartial Justice is a new political action committee that first registered with the Government Accountability Board on March 9, 2011.

Aside from its support for JoAnne Kloppenburg in the Supreme Court race, all that is currently known about this committee is that its treasurer, Katharine Odell, contributed $1,000 to the Barrett gubernatorial campaign in 2010.

A PAC with the identical name registered in support of incumbent Justice David Prosser less than two weeks later.

Hijacking Justice 2011

Hijacking Justice 2011

A guide to independent expenditures and issue ads in the 2011 Supreme Court campaign.

If you see any campaign ads run by somebody other than the candidates, let us know by using our Hijack Hotline.

For information about candidate financial activity and a summary of all outside special interest spending see our 2011 campaign finance profile for Justice David Prosser.

Independent Expenditures

Issue Ads

 
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