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Hijacking Recall 2012

Center for Union Facts

Posted: May 31, 2012
Updated: January 17, 2014

Estimated Spending: $1 million

This is a Washington D.C.-based anti-union group founded by Rick Berman, who lobbies Congress for the food and beverage industry.

The group reportedly spent $1 million on a statewide television ad buy in Wisconsin that featured issue ads like this one that slammed the way unions operate.  The ad campaign started in March 2011 and coincided with a months-long union backed effort to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker for his 2011 plan to severely restrict public employee collective bargaining rights.  Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four GOP Senate seats faced recall elections June 5, 2012.

In 2011, nine state senators were targeted for recall; two of the six Republican senators targeted by unions were successfully recalled in districts 18 and 32.