Hijacking Campaign 2013

Hijacking Campaign 2013 - Information on Citizens of Franklin 6th District

Hijacking Campaign 2013

Citizens of Franklin 6th District

Posted: November 18, 2013
Updated: April 25, 2014

Special election: OathSpending

This was a new political action committee (PAC) that only registered with the Government Accountability Board (GAB) on November 18, 2013, the same day it first reported independent spending in the 82nd Assembly District special election. The committee's treasurer was Franklin resident Susanne Mayer, a contributor to Senator Alberta Darling's recall campaign in 2011. Mayer is identified as a homemaker on Darling's campaign finance reports, and she is the spouse of QPS Employment Group President Scott Mayer, a campaign contributor to Governor Scott Walker and other Republican candidates.

The committee made expenditures in opposition to 82nd Assembly District Republican primary candidate, and eventual winner, Ken Skowronski on November 12, 2013 before filing the requiste paperwork with the Government Accountability Board.

The committee appears to have formed for the sole purpose of opposing Skworonski's nomination as the committee terminated soon after the eletion.

 

 

Hijacking Campaign 2013 - Information on American Federation for Children Action Fund Inc.

Hijacking Campaign 2013

American Federation for Children Action Fund Inc.

Posted: November 14, 2013
Updated: April 25, 2014

Special election: OathSpending

This is the second corporation created by the American Federation for Children, a Washington D.C.-based group that supports school vouchers, to make independent expenditures in Wisconsin elections. By the time this entity had filed an oath of independent disbursements with the Government Accountability Board its affiliate, the American Federation for Children Action Fund IE Committee, had already spent substantial sums to influence primary races in special elections in the 21st and 69th Assembly Districts.

During the 2012 fall elections this corporation transferred $380,000 to the American Federation for Children Action Fund IE Committee to spend on outside electioneering activities rather than make its own independent expenditures.

This organization reported no spending in the special elections. All spending was done by the American Federation for Children Action Fund IE Committee.

Last active election: 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.

Hijacking Campaign 2013 - Information on NRA Political Victory Fund

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NRA Political Victory Fund

Posted: November 8, 2013
Updated: April 25, 2014

Special election: OathSpending

This political action committee is controlled by the Virginia-based National Rifle Association, the nation's largest pro-gun lobbying and advocacy organization.  It has spent more than $1.1 million since 2002 on independent expenditures on behalf of Wisconsin candidates for legislative and statewide offices.  It last made independent expenditures on behalf of Republican Governor Scott Walker and four Republican legislators in the June 2012 recall elections.

All its reported independent spending in the 2013 special elections was restricted to the 69th Assembly District.

Last active election: 2012

Hijacking Campaign 2013 - Information on Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund

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Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund

Posted: November 6, 2013
Updated: April 25, 2014

Special election: OathSpending

This is a corporation created in 2010 to make independent expenditures and one of four arms of a group most commonly known as the Greater Wisconsin Committee. Greater Wisconsin, which discloses little of its fundraising, gets the bulk of its cash from labor unions and Democratic ideological groups that are also supported by wealthy business interests.

The organization spent over $30,000 supporting Democratic candidates in the 21st and 82nd Assembly District special elections.

Last active election: 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.

Hijacking Campaign 2013 - Information on Wisconsin Homeowners Alliance

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Wisconsin Homeowners Alliance

Posted: November 6, 2013
Updated: June 5, 2017

This phony issue ad group was created by the Wisconsin Realtors Association, a powerful special interest group that lobbies on taxes, environmental, construction and other regulatory, policy and spending issues that affect realtors and home sales in the state.  Like other issue ad groups, the alliance does not have to file fundraising and spending reports with the state that detail its outside electioneering activities. The alliance claims that it is funded through the Wisconsin Realtors Association and realtors dues to the organization. 

For decades, the Realtors Association's political action committee has made direct contributions to mostly Republican candidates for statewide office and the legislature. More recently, the Realtors Association created a corporation to make independent expenditures, and spent $317,366 in 2012 fall election and the 2013 spring contest on radio, newspaper and online ads. It also has a 527 group to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money for outside electioneering activities.

The Wisconsin Homeowners Alliance sponsored a 60-second radio to support Republican candidate Jessie Rodriguez in a November 19th special election to fill a vacant seat in the 21st Assembly District.  The ad -  below - said Rodriguez supports lower taxes and lower government spending and provides listeners with a phone number to call her if they support the same.

Wisconsin Homeowners Alliance Radio Ad

 

Hijacking Campaign 2013 - Information on Jobs First Coalition Political Fund

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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.

Hijacking Campaign 2013 - Information on Wisconsin Liberty Movement

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Wisconsin Liberty Movement

Posted: October 18, 2013
Updated: April 25, 2014

Special election: OathSpending

This is a right-wing group that supports conservative candidates for legislative and municipal offices.  Formerly operating under the name Wisconsin Liberty PAC, the Wisconsin Liberty Movement was founded by Todd Welch, an Eau Claire computer store owner, and advocates limited state and federal government regulation. 

The organization opposed Bob Kulp, the eventual winner, in the 69th Assembly District's Republican primary, but did not indicate support for any particular candidate.

Last active election: 2012

Hijacking Campaign 2013 - Information on Wisconsin Recall Action Fund

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Wisconsin Recall Action Fund

Posted: March 22, 2013
Updated: May 19, 2017

Spring election: OathSpending

This corporation is sponsored by a right-wing group that surfaced in 2011 to oppose the recall of Republican Governor Scott Walker. The Milwaukee-based organization supported conservative causes and opposed labor-led efforts to recall the governor because of his economic policies and a plan that slashed public employee collective bargaining rights.

In March 2013 Wisconsin Recall Action Fund filed an oath with the state's Government Accountability Board indicating it may make independent expenditures to oppose Ed Fallone, the Marquette Law School professor who challenged incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack in the April 2 elections for a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme. As in the 2012 recalls, it failed to report its 2013 spending in a timely fashion, but more than a year after the Supreme Court election it reported spending $14,000 on televison advertising against Fallone.

Last active election: 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.

Hijacking Campaign 2013 - Information on Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

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Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

Posted: March 21, 2013
Updated: April 24, 2014

Estimated Spring Spending: $500,000

WMC is the state's largest business organization and one of the most powerful special interest groups Wisconsin that lobbies on state policy and spending.  It supports policies to lower taxes on business, cut education spending, reduce local control government and weaken environmental regulations.  WMC has spent an estimated $18.4 million since 2006 on phony issue ads to support conservative candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Republican candidates for governor, attorney general and the legislature. The group, which refuses to disclose its funders and spending on electioneering activities, spends most of its money on radio and television ads and mailings that praise Republicans and smear Democrats.

Starting a little more than a week before the November 19 special election to fill a vacant seat in the 69th Assembly District, WMC sponsored four mailings - here, here, here and here - that accused Democratic candidate Ken Slezack of supporting policies that would increase taxes. Slezack faced Republican Bob Kulp for the seat vacated earlier in 2013 by GOP Majority Leader Scott Suder who is now a lobbyist for the paper industry.

WMC doled out an estimated $500,000 in the 2013 spring elections, mostly for a 30-second television ad  to support incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack's reelection bid April 2 for a second, 10-year term on the state high court. The ad praised Roggensack and claimed she helped render decisions that made communities safer from crime - an issue WMC only highlights in its phony electioneering activities but seems to care little about in its lobbying activities or pro-business legislative agenda.

Last active election: Fall 2012

Hijacking Campaign 2013 - Information on MTI Voters (Voice of Teachers)

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MTI Voters (Voice of Teachers)

Posted: March 21, 2013
Updated: January 13, 2014

Spring election: OathSpending

This is a political action committee controlled by Madison Teachers Inc., the union for Madison public school teachers.  Between 2007 and 2012 the PAC spent $23,184 on independent expenditures mostly to support Democratic candidates in Madison-area Assembly races and candidates in statewide races for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The PAC supported Ed Fallone's unsuccesful challenge to Wisconsin Supreme Court incumbent Pat Roggensack in the April 2013 election.

Last active election: 2011

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