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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Republican State Leadership Committee Inc.

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

Recall election: OathSpending
Special election: OathSpending

This is a Virginia-based group that supports Republican candidates for state offices around the country. It spent nearly $936,000 on independent expenditures in the 2010 fall elections – the first time it sponsored outside electioneering activities in Wisconsin.

The organization first engaged in phony issue ads in March and April 2011 when it sponsored two 30-second television ads against Democratic Senators Jim Holperin of Conover and Dave Hansen of Green Bay. The ads criticized the pair for going to Illinois with the rest of the Senate Democrats in order to prevent a vote on Republican Governor Scott Walker’s controversial plan to end most public employee collective bargaining rights.

On July 12, the organization first reported spending on televison ads to oppose Holperin and support his Republican opponent, Kimberly Jo Simac. The ad criticized Holperin for supporting higher taxes to balance the state budget and praised Simac saying she would lower government spending and taxe if elected.  The group also sponsored an ad against Holperin - here - that featured children singing and holding leaking buckets of water to symbolize the state's budget deficit.  It said Holperin couldn't plug a budget hole without raising taxes. Holperin defeated Simac in the August 16 recall election.

The organization filed an oath of independent disbursements in opposition to Steve Doyle, the Democratic candidate in the 94th Assembly District special election held in May 2011. It reported spending $97,000 for television ads.  One television ad accused Doyle of voting for a plan that gave him and other La Crosse County Board supervisors a pay raise in 2005. Doyle won the election.

Last active election: 2010

This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC as a corporation making independent disbursements.