Hijacking Special Elections 2011

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011 - Information on Friends of the Committee to Recall Alberta Darling

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Friends of the Committee to Recall Alberta Darling

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

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This organization was started by Kristopher Rowe, a respiratory therapist living in Shorewood. Rowe led efforts to recall River Hills Republican Senator Alberta Darling.

No spending was reported.

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011 - Information on America Votes Action Fund

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

America Votes Action Fund

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

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This is a Washington D.C.-based committee that opposed Republican state senators in Wisconsin targeted for recall in 2011. The committee was formed earlier that year by America Votes, an outside electioneering group that has spent millions of dollars backing progressive Democratic candidates nationwide since it was created in 2004.

The committee's treasurer, Gregory Speed, said in a letter to the Federal Election Commission early in 2011 that the committee planned to raise unlimited funds to make independent expenditures, rather than directly contribute to candidates.

It did not report any spending in the recall elections.

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.

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011 - Information on Sportsmen for Wisconsin’s Hunting Heritage

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Sportsmen for Wisconsin’s Hunting Heritage

Posted: June 24, 2011
Updated: January 9, 2014

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One of the registered agents for this organization is George Meyer, DNR Secretary under Republican Governor Tommy Thompson and currently the executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, a pro-conservation, pro-hunting organization. It is an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation.

The Sportsmen did not report any independent expenditures.

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.

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011 - Information on MoveOn.org Political Action WI IE Committee

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

MoveOn.org Political Action WI IE Committee

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

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MoveOn.org registered as a corporation in May 2011 to conduct independent expenditures in recall elections called in response to union-busting measures in Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill passed in March of that year.

MoveOn.org was formed in 1998 to oppose the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Since then it has supported numerous Democratic candidates and progressive issues.

In June 2011 the corporation filed an oath of independent expenditures opposing all then-known Republican candidates involved in the recall elections.

The committee spent money on television ads in support of Democratic challenger Fred Clark in the 14th Senate District recall election, and teamed with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's corporation and Democracy for America on a television ad to oppose incumbent Senator Alberta Darling of River Hills who faced a recall challenge for her 8th District seat.

MoveOn.org also had a PAC registered to make independent expenditures in the recalls.

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

Progressive Kick Wisconsin IE Committee

Posted: June 24, 2011
Updated: January 9, 2014

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Corporation for the purpose of making independent expenditures sponsored by Progressive Kick, a California based 527 organization. Progressive Kick supports "progressive" candidates at the national and state level primarily through fundraising activities, often in coordination with other organizations such as ActBlue and EMILY's List.

The committee raised money for EMILY's List use in the 2011 recall elections and raised $20,000 the Democratic Party of Wisconsin used for recall petition expenses in spring 2011, but it did not report making any independent expenditures itself.

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

PCCC Recall Committee

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

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This is a political action committee for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. The committee describes itself as working "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 buget repair bill. The committee teamed with DFA-Wisconsin to sponsor an ad in late July urging people in the 8th Senate District to vote for Democratic challenger Sandy Pasch in her bid to unseat incumbent Republican Senator Alberta Darling of River Hills.  The ad says Darling and the GOP favor heavy cuts to Medicare and the state's BadgerCare health care program.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee started an issue ad campaign in spring 2011 and registered as a corporation for the purpose of conducting independent expenditures.

Last active election: 2011 Supreme Court

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Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

PCCC Recall Fund IE

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

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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.

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

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

DLCC Wisconsin PAC

Posted: June 24, 2011
Updated: January 13, 2014

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This is the state political action committee of the Washington D.C.-based Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which was created in 1994 to recruit Democratic candidates to run for legislative offices across the country.  The committee also helps candidates with fundraising and campaign resources.

This DLCC's state PAC opposed incumbent Republican state senators and supported incumbent Democratic state senators in Wisconsin who faced recall elections as fallout from passage of GOP Governor Scott Walker's plan to restrict public employee collective bargaining rights.

The PAC did most of its spending in two Senate districts, the 18th, represented by Republican Randy Hopper and the 30th, represented by Democrat Dave Hansen.

The PAC sponsored its first attack ad about two weeks before the July 19 recall election pitting Republican candidate David VanderLeest against incumbent Democratic Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay in the 30th.  The 30-second television ad showed a picture of VanderLeest and cited his past legal problems, including accusations of domestic abuse.

The group sponsored a second television ad in mid-July attacking incumbent Republican Senator Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac.  It showed a woman and two small children.  The narrator claimed to be a mother who wants a good educaton for her children, but that Hopper supported $800 million in state aid cuts to public education over the next two years in favor of tax breaks for corporations and wealthy individuals.  "Politicians like Randy Hopper always say there's no money, but he found a way to give tax breaks to big corporations and rich folks like himself," the ad said.

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011 - Information on Voces de La Frontera Action Committee

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Voces de La Frontera Action Committee

Posted: June 24, 2011
Updated: January 9, 2014

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Voces de la Frontera is a Milwaukee-based immigrant rights group that first started making independent expenditures in 2010. They provide legal, employment, and citizenship skills training to immigrant and low-wage workers.

Its activity was limited to the recall elections in Milwaukee and Kenosha with the bulk of it taking place in the latter race.

Last active election: 2011 Supreme Court

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011 - Information on Of the People

Hijacking Special Elections and Recall 2011

Of the People

Posted: July 1, 2011
Updated: May 17, 2017

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Of the People was a Western Wisconsin based political action committee organized for the sole purpose of recalling Senator Sheila Harsdorf for her support of Governor Scott Walker's 2011 plan to restrict the bargaining rights of public employees. The organization's oath of independent disbursements as filed with the Government Accountability Board targeted all three Republican Assembly members within Harsdorf's senate district and Governor Walker but only Harsdorf was eligible for recall in 2011.

Of the People reported no independent spending. Th ecommittee disbanded after the election.