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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

One Wisconsin Now

Posted: August 2, 2011
Updated: January 16, 2014

This is a liberal issue advocacy group created in 2006 to support Democratic candidates for legislative and statewide offices.  One Wisconsin Now gets most of its support from unions and other traditional Democratic backers and uses its resources to criticize Republican candidates and officeholders and right-leaning special interest groups among others.  Unlike many other Democratic and Republican hit groups only heard from at election time, this Madison-based organization is active  year-around.

One Wisconsin Now is led by Scot Ross, a former reporter who has worked for the state Democratic Party and the liberal American Coming Together that backs Democrats for federal offices.

The group created videos attacking four incumbent Republican senators who faced Democratic challengers in recall elections August 9, 2011 for their support of a plan by GOP Governor Scott Walker that restricted public employee collective bargaining rights. One video criticized Republican Senator Alberta Darling of River Hills for supporting policies that favor the wealthy and corporations over average working people. Another video claimed Republican Senator Luther Olsen of Ripon sponsored a bill that would benefit an organization connected to his wife. Both Republicans survived the recall elections.

A third video criticized Republican Senator Dan Kapanke of La Crosse for supporting tax breaks for corporations but cutting state aid to public education, the University of Wisconsin System and technical colleges by more than $1 billion. Another video highlighted the reported divorce and extra-marital affair of Republican Senator Randy Hopper of Empire. Both incumbents lost in the recall elections.

Last active election: 2010