Hijacking Special Elections 2011

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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters IE Committee

Posted: July 1, 2011
Updated: January 9, 2014

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New corporation registered  by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters for the purposes of making independent expenditures in the recall elections.

Before registering this corporation, the League had already filed oath of independent disbursements for the recall under the name of it's long-standing PAC.

It supported one Democratic incumbent, Senator Jim Holperin of the 12th Senate District, and three Democratic challengers in the recall elections in districts 8, 10 and 32.

This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC as a corporation making independent disbursements.

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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Patriot Advisors LLC

Posted: June 30, 2011
Updated: January 14, 2014

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This organization first registered with the Government Accountability Board on June 29, 2011 to make independent expenditures in two Democratic recall primaries: Senate Districts 18 and 32. The group supported 'fake' Democratic candidates John Buckstaff in the 18th District race where incumbent Republican Senator Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac faced a recall and James Smith in the 32nd District race where incumbent Republican Senator Dan Kapanke of La Crosse also the target of a recall. Buckstaff and Martin said they were running in the primaries as a protest against the recalls.

Shortly before the July 12 primary, the Patriot Advisors sponsored a flyer supporting Buckstaff as the Democratic candidate who will "roll up his sleeves and work with Governor Walker."  The flyer said the other Democrat in the race, Jessica King, wants "to give government unions a free ride."  Despite spending on a flyer, the group did not file the legally required spending reports with the state's Government Accountability Board.

Little is known of the organization. According to registration materials orginally  filed with the Government Accountability Board, it had a post office box in Cobb, Wisconsin. It's email is for a web domain registered on June 26, 2011 through a privacy service thus concealing the identity of the domain's owners.

This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC as a corporation making independent disbursements.

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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund

Posted: June 29, 2011
Updated: January 14, 2014

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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin (PPAW) first registered this entity as a corporation for the purpose of making independent expenditures in the fall 2010 election.

The group spent over $95,000 on mailing and robocalls in the nine recall elections, nearly $38,000 or 40% of that on the 8th Senate District race, where the incumbent,  Republican Alberta Darling, survived a challenger from Democratic Representative Sandy Pasch.

Last active election: 2010

This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC as a corporation making independent disbursements.

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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Winnebagoland Uniserv PAC

Posted: June 27, 2011
Updated: January 14, 2014

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UniServ (regional association) of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) that represents public school teachers, educational support personnel, technical college employees, and student teachers in the Fond du Lac/Southern Lake Winnebago area.

The oath of independent disbursements filed with the Government Accountability Board included Governor Scott Walker who was not eligible for recall in 2011 under Wisconsin law.

It supported the Democratic challengers in districts 14 and 18.

Last active election:  2011 Supreme Court

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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Playground Legends PAC

Posted: June 24, 2011
Updated: January 14, 2014

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A Milwaukee based organization, The Playground Legends, described itself as a "bottom-up force that improves the social, political, economic, and physical health of our communities." The organization opposes the policies of Governor Scott Walker and the Republican controlled legislature and actively seeks to register voters in African American and Latino communities.

Although the group opposed Republican incumbent Alberta Darling in the 8th Senate District, it reported no spending.

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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund

Posted: February 2, 2012
Updated: August 16, 2011

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The Greater Wisconsin Committee first registered as a corporation in order to make independent expenditures in the 2010 fall election.

The Greater Wisconsin Committee also has a political action committee that makes independent expendituresactive in this election, and a 527 group called the Greater Wisconsin Poltical Fund which raised nearly $2.5 million, according to a report filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.  Its top funder was America Votes, a Washington D.C.-base outside electioneering group formed in 2004 that has spent millions of dollars nationwide to back Democratic candidates for office.  America Votes transferred $1,744,950 to Greater Wisconsin's 527 group followed by the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state's largest teachers union, which contributed $500,000 and Milwaukee philanthropist Lynde Uihlein, a longtime backer of Democratic candidates and women's causes, who contributed $150,000. 

Herzing College executive Stacey Herzing gave Greater Wisconsin $40,000 followed by Donald Katz and Rebecca Krantz of Madison who contributed $10,000 and Laufenberg, Stombaugh & Jassak, a Milwaukee law firm, which also contributed $10,000.

In March, Greater Wisconsin ran issue ads against five Republican senators facing recall.

In July, Greater Wisconsin sponsored a tri-fold flier smearing Kim Simac, a Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic Senator Jim Holperin of Conover for his seat in the August 16 recall election.  The flyer says Simac's views are too radical for northern Wisconsin, saying she once called Medicare a "corrupt, losing venture."  The group also sponsored a 30-second television ad that said Simac paid no state income taxes numerous times in the past decade and was frequently late paying her property taxes.

Greater Wisconsin also sponsored a flier that said Jonathan Steitz, Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic Senator Robert Wirch of Pleasant Prairie in the August 16 recall, once failed to pay his taxes until a tax warrant was issued.  The flyer refers to a 2003 case where Steitz did not make a quarterly sales tax payment in just such a circumstance.

The group also smeared 18th Senate District incumbent Republican Senator Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac in a 30-second television ad and numerous mailings that highlighted his reported divorce and extra-marital affair.  The broadcast ad said the woman with whom Hopper reportedly had an affair was given a job in the administration of GOP Governor Scott Walker ahead of other qualified applicants and was paid 35 percent more than her predecessor.  The mailings prompted an editorial by the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper that in part called the material "so viscerally vicious that the only conclusion one can draw is that the group is intent on Hopper's personal destruction."

Greater Wisconsin sponsored a 30-second television ad using a series of statements from elderly people who criticized incumbent Republican Senator Luther Olsen of Ripon for supporting policies that cut hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid to public schools and elderly health care programs, but created tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations. The group sponsored a similar ad against Republican Senator Alberta Darling of River Hills.

Last active election: 2011 Supreme Court

This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC as a corporation making independent disbursements.

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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Greater Wisconsin Committee PAC

Posted: June 24, 2011
Updated: January 14, 2014

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This political action committee was first formed in mid-2004 by the Greater Wisconsin Committee and makes independent expenditures on negative radio, television and newspaper advertising and mailings to support Democratic candidates and oppose Republican candidates. The group gets its cash primarily from labor and business interests. One prominent donor in 2010 was Governor Jim Doyle whose campaign committee gave Greater Wisconsin $1 million in August of that year.

In addition to its political action committee, the Greater Wisconsin Committee also makes independent expenditures through a registered corporation called the Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund, also active in the 2011 recall elections. 

The Greater Wisconsin Committee also runs unregulated issue ads and used them against the five Republican senators targeted for recall.

It also runs an unregulated, secretive 527 group called the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund.

Last active election: 2010

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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

MoveOn.org Political Action Recall Committee

Posted: June 24, 2011
Updated: January 8, 2014

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MoveOn.org registered this political action committee in March 2011 in response to the turmoil and subsequent recall efforts precipitated by union-busting measures in Republican Governor Scott Walker's budget-repair bill first introduced in February and passed in March after some controversial parliamentary maneuvers by the Republican majority.

MoveOn.org was formed in 1998 in opposition to President Bill Clinton's impeachment. Since then, it has supported numerous Democratic candidates and issues it considers progressive.

In June 2011 the PAC filed an oath of independent expenditures declaring its opposition to all Republican recall candidates.

MoveOn.org also registered as a corporation for the purpose of making further independent expenditures.

It reported no independent expenditures.

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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Irreverent Contingent

Posted: June 24, 2011
Updated: January 8, 2014

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Paperwork filed with the Government Accountability Board shows this group was formed by Craig Linnerud, a River Falls resident who works for the Service Employees International Union. It supported Shelly Moore, Democratic challenger to 10th Senate District incumbent Sheila Harsdorf.

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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Wisconsin WOMEN VOTE!

Posted: June 24, 2011
Updated: January 14, 2014

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This is the state independent expenditure arm of the Washington D.C.-based EMILY's List, a group that provides financial and other campaign resources to elect pro-choice Democratic women to state and federal offices around the country.

EMILY's List  worked with the national organization Progressive Kick to raise money for outside electioneering activities in nine recall elections involving six  Republican senators and three Democratic senators in 2011.  The nine faced recall as fallout from the March 2011 passage of GOP Governor Scott Walker controversial bill sharply curtailing employee collective bargaining rights.  The  Progressive Kick also registered a corporation in Wisconsin for the purpose of making independent expenditures.

Wisconsin WOMEN VOTE! sponsored two television ads - here and here - attacking incumbent Republican Senators Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls and Dan Kapanke of La Crosse.  The anti-Harsdorf ad showed a child climbing on playground equipment.  "Every child has to climb the ladder of success but Sheila Harsdorf is making it harder for our children to succeed" by supporting cuts of more than $800 million in public education but giving tax breaks to corporations and wealthy individuals, the ad says.

The anti-Kapanke ad showed a black sedan with personalized "Sen Kapanke" license plates driving on a road and passing a child sitting at a pupil's desk, an elderly couple sitting on a bench and a family of four seated at a table eating.  The ad's narrator says Kapanke supported $800 million in cuts to public education, massive cuts to senior health care programs and tax increases on middle class families.  Near the end of the ad, the car stops to pick up two men in dark suits - a reference to Kapanke's support for tax breaks for large corporations and wealthy individuals. 

This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC as a corporation making independent disbursements.