Hijacking Campaign 2012 - Information on Greater Wisconsin Political Fund

Hijacking Campaign 2012

Greater Wisconsin Political Fund

October 29, 2012

This is one of four arms run by the Greater Wisconsin Committee, a Madison-based group created in 2004 to back Democratic and nonpartisan candidates for statewide office and the legislature.  Greater Wisconsin runs a political action committee and a corporation used to make independent expenditures, a phony issue ad group and a 527 organization which have collectively spent an estimated $24.25 million on independent expenditures and phony issue ads to influence Wisconsin elections, including an estimated $10.75 million in the 2011 and 2012 recall elections.  The bulk of the group's reported support comes from labor unions and Democratic ideological groups that get much of their support from wealthy business interests though the group refuses to disclose much of its fundraising and spending.

This fall, the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund's 527 reports to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service show it spent $757,810 on media from late September to mid-October.  The phony issue ad spending was likely for television advertising in two targeted Senate races.  

The group sponsored a 30-second television ad in eary October against Republican Rick Gudex, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Jessica King in the 18th Senate District.  The ad claimed Gudex's policies would have negative impacts on women's health and reproductive rights.  Another ad accused Gudex of opposing common forms of birth control and emergency contraception for rape victims and supporting restrictions on stem cell research. 

Greater Wisconsin also sponsored a 30-second television ad - via WisPolitics.com - that accused Republican John Macco, who is challenging 30th Senate District incumbent Democrat Dave Hansen, of not paying his income and property taxes on time in the past.

Last active election:  Recall 2012