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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Wisconsin Recall Task Force

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

OathSpending

This political action committee was created in March 2011 to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker and GOP state senators who voted for his budget repair bill ending most public employee collective bargaining rights. The group’s treasurer, Bob Menamin of Middleton, was an unsuccessful Democratic Assembly candidate in 2004 and independent Assembly candidate in 2000.

The group, whose PAC registered with the state to make independent expenditures, also operated a website that sought donations and volunteers to help with recall efforts against Republican senators elected in 2008. Under Wisconsin law, Walker and other state senators elected in November 2010 would not be eligible for recall until January 2012.

The group did not file a detailed oath of independent expenditures until September 2011. The oath included seven officeholders not yet eligible for recall or against whom recall petitions had failed. The group reported spending over $5,000 for the year of which more than $3,000 may have been for independent expenditures, but, as there are no detailed independent expenditure reports for this group, it is impossible to determine for certain on which races or candidates the money was spent.