Hijacking Campaign 2013 - Information on Jobs First Coalition Political Fund

Hijacking Campaign 2013

Jobs First Coalition Political Fund

Posted: October 22, 2013
Updated: May 13, 2014

Special election: OathSpending

This is a corporation created by the Jobs First Coalition - a pro-business and economic development group created in 2009.  The group's website says it monitors state legislative and regulatory activities and takes positions on policy matters, however Jobs First lists no staff and is not registered as a lobbying organization with the state Government Accountability Board.

In past elections the group has limited itself to "issue ads," where it has not been required to disclose its spending. The Jobs First Coalition Political Fund registered with the Government Accountability Board the same day it first reported making independent expenditures on radio ads opposing the sole Democratic candidate in the 21st Assembly District special election. It later made similar expenditures on behalf of the Republican candidate in the 69th Assembly District.

Documents released by tobacco giant Reynolds American in May 2014 showed the company donated $60,000 to Jobs First Coalition in 2013 - a contribution that covered most of the group's spending in the special elections. A campaign finance report filed by the Jobs First Coalition Political Fund showed it received two contributions totaling $76,000 in 2013 from its issue ad arm - Jobs First Coalition - which did not appear to engage in electioneering activities in the special elections.

Last active election: Fall 2012

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.