Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011 - Information on Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters

Posted: April 29, 2011
Updated: May 17, 2017

Recall: OathSpending
Special Elections: OathSpending

This is the political action committee of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, a statewide organization that lobbies the legislature and the governor on environmental issues and policy.  One of the league's key projects is a biennial scorecard that rates legislators' voting records on environmental proposals considered by the legislature.  The group is also active in legislative elections.  It recruits and endorses candidates that agree with the league's environmental agenda.  It supports candidates with extensive canvassing and get-out-the-vote activities.  Finally, the league sponsors broadcast ads and other electioneering activities on behalf of pro-environmental candidates at election time - spending over a quarter of a million dollars on those activities since between 2002 and 2010.

In spring 2011 the organization spent over $6,000 supporting the successful Democratic candidate in a special election to fill a vacancy in the 94th Assembly District.

In June it filed an additional oath of independent expenditures in support of Democratic candidates in all but two of the recall elections, the two exceptions begin the 2nd Senate District where its swore an oath in support of the incumbent, Senator Robert Cowles, and the 14th Senate District where it took no position at all.

The League sponsored a 60-second radio ad in early July 2011 on behalf of 12th District incumbent Democratic Senator Jim Holperin of Conover. The ad featured a Tomahawk special education teacher commending Holperin for keeping and creating jobs in northern Wisconsin, protecting sportsmen's rights and supporting public policies that protect the environment.

The League's corporate entity, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters IE Committee, was also involved in the recall.

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Last active election: 2010