Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011
PCCC Recall Fund IE
Posted: June 24, 2011
Updated: January 14, 2014
Oath • Spending
This is a political action committee for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. The committee says it works "to elect bold progressive candidates to federal office and to help those candidates and their campaigns save money, work smarter, and win more often."
The committee first registered as a Wisconsin PAC in March 2011 just as recall efforts were getting underway in response to anti-union measures in Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill. Recall elections were eventually approved for nine state senators, six Republicans and three Democrats, the former for supporting the governor's proposals, the latter for opposing them.
The PCCC teamed with DFA - Wisconsin in mid-July to sponsor this 60-second television ad that criticizes Republican Senator Luther Olsen of Ripon for supporting Walker's budget plan to cut more than $800 million in state aid to public schools. The ad is supposedly narrated by a Poy Sippi resident identified as Jay Jones, who says state aid cuts mean the Poy Sippi Elementary School his two children attend may have to close in the future. The ad, wihile displaying images of children on playground equipment, claims Olsen "has consistently put big-money interests ahead of the middle class" and urges viewers to vote for Olsen's opponent, Democrat Fred Clark, in the August 9 recall election.
PCCC also teamed with Democracy for America and a corporation created by MoveOn.org to make independent expenditures, on another ad featuring Whitefish Bay teacher Eric Christiansen who said he voted for Republican presidents and Republican Senator Alberta Darling of River Hills but intends on supporting Darling's Democratic challenger, Sandy Pasch, in the August 9 recall election because Darling supported Walker's cuts to schools and tax breaks for corporations.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee started an issue ad campaign in spring 2011.
It registered its corporation with the Government Accountability Board in May 2011.
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.