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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Faith Family Freedom Fund

Posted: March 29, 2011
Updated: January 8, 2014

Oath Spending

This is political action committee is controlled by the Family Research Council, a Washington D.C.-based conservative organization that opposes abortion and promotes marriage between men and women.

Before the recall elections the national group’s state arm, the Wisconsin Family Council, had spent an estimated $150,000 on independent expenditures and phony issue ads in Wisconsin since 2006 to support Republican legislative candidates and a pro-marriage referendum.

In March 2011 the committee indicated it would make independent expenditures supporting three of the eight GOP state senators subject to recall efforts: Glenn Grothman of West Bend, Dan Kapanke of La Crosse and Mary Lazich of New Berlin. Of the three, only Dan Kapanke faced a recall election which he lost to then-Representative Jennifer Shilling.

In late July the committee started running a radio ad in support of Kapanke.

Outside special interest groups were seeking recalls against Republicans who controlled the Senate because they supported a plan by GOP Governor Scott Walker to abolish most public employee collective bargaining rights. Three Democrats also faced recall elections.

Walker’s plan to end most collective bargaining rights for state and local public employees was the subject of protests at the State Capitol in February and March 2011 by tens of thousands of state workers and their supporters.

Last active election: Supreme Court 2011