Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011 - Information on Wisconsin Right to Life PAC

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Wisconsin Right to Life PAC

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

Recall: OathSpending
Special Election: OathSpending

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. Typically, Wisconsin Right to Life makes modest independent expenditures in every current legislative campaign, usually supporting Republicans and opposing Democrats.

The PAC indicated in April 2011 that it would support all Republican candidates in the May 1st special elections. It did not report any spending in those elections, however.

At the end of the following June the PAC filed an oath of independent disbursements with the Government Accountabiliy Board for the upcoming recall elections. In the summer of 2011 nine state senators, six Republicans and three Democrats, faced recall elections in response to the March 2011 passage of Republican Governor Scott Walker's controversial bill drastically restricting public employee collective bargaining rights.

Wisconsin Right to Life reported spending a total of more than $10,000 on radio ads and phone calls in all of the recall elections but the 30th Senate District.

Last active election: 2011 Supreme Court