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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Sheet Metal Workers International Association Political Action League

Posted: March 21, 2011
Updated: January 14, 2014

OathSpending

This Washington D.C.-based political action committee registered in March 2011 with the state’s Government Accountability Board to make independent expenditures to support the state Senate’s 14 Democrats, eight of whom were eligible for recall under state law.

Senate Democrats abruptly left the state in mid-February so the Senate could not vote on Republican Governor Scott Walker’s proposed budget repair bill which included a controversial plan to end most public employee collective bargaining rights. Senate Republicans used a parliamentary maneuver to retool and pass the bill in mid-March.

The controversy resulted in recall efforts against all eligible state senators from both parties. Six Republican and three Democratic senators faced recall elections in the summer of 2011.

The Sheet Metal Workers never reported making any independent expenditures.