Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011 - Information on Citizens For A Strong America

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Citizens For A Strong America

Posted: July 27, 2011
Updated: January 16, 2014

Estimated Spending: $1.7 million

This conservative group that supports Republican candidates surfaced earlier in 2011 when it supported incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser in the April 5 election.  Little is known about it other than it has a Beaver Dam address and claims to represent citizens, businesses and nonprofit groups - none of whom are identified on the group's website.

Citizens for a Strong America gave $235,000 to United Sportsmen of Wisconsin as well as contributions to Wisconsin Right to LIfe and Wisconsin Family Action.

Citizens For A Strong America sponsored two television ads criticizing Democratic candidate Shelly Moore, an Ellsworth High School teacher who challenged incumbent Republican Senator Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls in an August 9 recall election.  The ads - here for one of them - accused Moore and teachers unions of supporting  higher property and health care taxes that will cost Wisconsin workers $510 a month each and give illegal aliens free health care.

The group also sponsored a television ad in support of incumbent Republican Senator Alberta Darling of River Hills who also faced a recall election.

Both Darling and Hardorf won their recall elections.

A total of eight state senators - six Republicans and two Democrats - were forced into August 2011 recall elections as a referendum on GOP Governor Scott Walker's 2011 bill that abolished most collective bargaining rights for state and local public employees.

Last active election: 2011 Supreme Court