Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011 - Information on American Patriot Recall Coalition

This is a Utah-based group created in February 2011 to try to recall six of the 14 Democratic state senators from Wisconsin who left the state in mid-February for a month in an unsuccessful effort to prevent a vote on Republican Governor Scott Walker’s plan to abolish most public employee collective bargaining rights. Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

American Patriot Recall Coalition

Posted: April 21, 2011
Updated: January 16, 2014

Estimated Spending: None*

This is a Utah-based group created in February 2011 to try to recall six of the 14 Democratic state senators from Wisconsin who left the state in mid-February for a month in an unsuccessful effort to prevent a vote on Republican Governor Scott Walker’s plan to abolish most public employee collective bargaining rights.

The group’s self-proclaimed mission is to aid in recall efforts against elected officials at any level who have “exhibited actions that are contrary to his/her oath of office and the will of their constituents,” and that political events in Wisconsin and elsewhere were a “concerted, deliberate and organized attack on our Republic and system of government” by Democrats, labor unions and others.

American Patriot’s executive director, Dan Baltes, also created Americans Against Immigration Amnesty in 2010 claiming illegal immigration was the cause of most of America’s problems. But Baltes and his activities have drawn criticism from conservative groups.

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American Patriot sponsored a 60-second radio ad in mid-April that criticized Democratic Senator Julie Lassa of Stevens Point for not going to work in order to avoid voting on Walker’s collective bargaining plan. “No boss would ever put up with such childish behavior and neither should you,” the ad says.

Recall petition efforts against Senator Lassa were not successful, and there is no record that this group was active in the actual recall elections.

*Spending estimates are only provided in cases where actual recall elections were held in 2011.