Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011 - Information on DLCC Wisconsin PAC

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

DLCC Wisconsin PAC

Posted: June 24, 2011
Updated: January 13, 2014


This is the state political action committee of the Washington D.C.-based Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which was created in 1994 to recruit Democratic candidates to run for legislative offices across the country.  The committee also helps candidates with fundraising and campaign resources.

This DLCC's state PAC opposed incumbent Republican state senators and supported incumbent Democratic state senators in Wisconsin who faced recall elections as fallout from passage of GOP Governor Scott Walker's plan to restrict public employee collective bargaining rights.

The PAC did most of its spending in two Senate districts, the 18th, represented by Republican Randy Hopper and the 30th, represented by Democrat Dave Hansen.

The PAC sponsored its first attack ad about two weeks before the July 19 recall election pitting Republican candidate David VanderLeest against incumbent Democratic Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay in the 30th.  The 30-second television ad showed a picture of VanderLeest and cited his past legal problems, including accusations of domestic abuse.

The group sponsored a second television ad in mid-July attacking incumbent Republican Senator Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac.  It showed a woman and two small children.  The narrator claimed to be a mother who wants a good educaton for her children, but that Hopper supported $800 million in state aid cuts to public education over the next two years in favor of tax breaks for corporations and wealthy individuals.  "Politicians like Randy Hopper always say there's no money, but he found a way to give tax breaks to big corporations and rich folks like himself," the ad said.