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

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

GOPAC Wisconsin

Posted: July 5, 2011
Updated: January 17, 2014

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GOPAC Wisconsin is the political action committee of GOPAC, a Republican 527 established in 1978 to train and provide financial support for local and state Republican candidates.  This version of the state PAC was formed in 2008 when it contributed $7,500 to eleven Republican legislative candidates, all running as challengers or for open seats. In 2010 it gave $9,500 to Republican campaigns for the legislature and the governor's office. Once again, all candidates were challengers or running for open seats.

GOPAC Wisconsin sponsored two nearly identical 30-second television ads in mid-April 2011 to support Republican state Senators Dan Kapanke of La Crosse and Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac then the subject of recall petitions. The ads tell viewers the state’s high taxes and government spending drive businesses and jobs out of Wisconsin. The ads say Kapanke and Hopper are working to reduce high taxes, unemployment and government spending.

The recall elections marked two firsts for this PAC. This was  the first time it registered to make independent expenditures, and the first time it entered an election on the side of the incumbents, in this case Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac and Dan Kapanke of La Crosse.

Hopper and Kapanke were the only two incumbents to lose their recall elections in 2011.