Hijacking Campaign 2012 - Information on Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund

Hijacking Campaign 2012

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund

Posted: April 26, 2012
Updated: January 15, 2014

Fall: OathSpending
Recall: OathSpending

This is one of two corporations created by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin in 2010 to make independent expenditures to support Democratic candidates for statewide office and the legislature in Wisconsin.  Planned Parenthood is the leading advocate and provider of reproductive health care for women in the state and the nation.  The corporation spent nearly $796,000 on behalf of Democratic candidates in elections between 2010 and 2012, over $780,000 of that on the 2011 and 2012 recall elections.

Fall Elections

The group registered to make independent expenditures to support candidates in Democratic primaries in the 7th, 10th and 44th Assembly Districts, and in the 6th Senate District. Following the primaries, the group added support for Senate Democratic incumbents Dave Hansen and Jessica King, and Assembly Democratic incumbent Amy Sue Vruwink. The group also indicated it intended to make independent expenditures to support Democratic challengers (or oppose Republican incumbents) in the 68th and 51st Assembly Districts, but it did not report making any in the fall elections. Its affiliate, Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI, Inc., however did.

Recall Elections

The group registered in spring 2012 to make independent expenditures in support of Democratic candidates in three of four Senate recall races targeting Republican incumbents as well as against GOP Governor Scott Walker who also faced a June 5 recall election. 

Planned Parenthood sponsored ads - here, here, here and here that accused Walker and GOP Senator Van Wanggaard of Racine of opposing equal pay for women and slashing state funding for cancer screenings and other health care services provided by the group. 

Two virtually identical ads urged viewers to vote for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett, Democratic Representative Kristen Dexter challenging Republican Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls in the 23rd Senate District and Democratic Representative Donna Seidel who faced Republican Representative Jerry Petrowski in the 29th Senate District. The incumbent in the 29th, Republican Pam Galloway, resigned after a recall election was approved for the district. Petrowski ran in her place.

Walker, the lieutenant governor and the four GOP Senate seats were targeted for recall because of the governor's 2011 plan to restrict public employee collective bargaining rights. Senator Van Wanggaard of Racine was the only Republican to lose in the 2012 recall elections.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI, Inc. was also active in the 2012 recall elections.

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.