Posted: April 11, 2012
Updated: January 15, 2014
This is a Washington D.C.-based group that is affiliated with the AFL-CIO that registered as a corporation in Wisconsin to make independent expenditures in the 2012 summer recall elections. Recall elections were called against six Republican office holders in 2012, Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four senators. The recall elections were called in response to the 2011 passage of the governor's controversial bill limiting public employee collective bargaining rights.
Working American first formed in 2011 when it spent nearly $57,000 on outside electioneering activities to support Democratic candidates in three 2011 Senate recall elections and nonpartisan candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg in her unsuccessful challenger to incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser.
The group was also involved in the fall 2012 general elections.
The group reported independent expenditures only in the 18th Senate District race in support of Democratic incumbent Jessica King. King had first been elected to that seat in the August 2011 recall election when she defeated incumbent Randy Hopper.
The group originally supported former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk for governor but when she lost in the May Democratic primary, it switched its support to the primary's winner, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Ultimately, the group spent nearly $40,000 supporting Barrett and the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Madison firefighter and union activist Mahlon Mitchell. Over half of the spending was devoted to the Mitchell campaign.
Last active election: Recall 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.