Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on Greater Wisconsin Committee

Hijacking Campaign 2014

Greater Wisconsin Committee

Posted: September 10, 2014
Updated: July 1, 2015

This is the phony issue ad arm of the Greater Wisconsin Committee created in 2006 to support Democratic candidates for statewide office and the legislature.  In addition to its issue ad activities, the Madison-based group runs a 527 group, corporation and political action committee.  The four entities combined spent an estimated $24.25 million on statewide and legislative elections between 2006 and 2013.
Like all phony issue ad groups, Greater Wisconsin refuses to disclose much of its fundraising and spending in detail, but its support comes from organized labor and Democratic ideological groups that are also supported by wealthy business interests.
The issue ad arm sponsored two 30-second television ads in September that criticized incumbent Governor Scott Walker for steep cuts in state aid to public schools and using the savings to pay for a tax deduction for families who send their children to private schools and other tax breaks that benefit powerful special interests who contribute to his campaign.
The group sponsored another two additional ads in early October that blamed Walker for a reported $1.8 billion deficit by mid-2015 because the governor approved tax cuts and other state giveaways to powerful special interests and campaign contributors, and accused Walker of trying to make it easier for foreign corporations to buy Wisconsin farmland through a provision he included in his proposed 2013-15 state budget that was removed by the legislature.

The group sponsored three more anti-Walker 30-second television ads in October. One ad claimed Walker opposed equal pay for women because he repealed the state's equal pay law as a favor to big business and special interests that have donated millions of dollars to his campaign. Another ad accused Walker of supporting tax breaks and loose environmental regulations for wealthy special interests and campaign contributors, and a third a criticized Walker for not supporting legislation that would allow students to refinance their college loan debt.

In October the group sponsored a 30-second ad that accused Howard Marklein, the GOP candidate in the open 17th Senate District race, of supporting tax breaks and education cuts sought by wealth special interests.  The group also sponsored an ad that accused Republican Roger Roth, candidate in the open 19th Senate District seat, of bowing to special interests and big campaign contributors by supporting business tax breaks and opposing equal pay for women and a law the prevents insurance companies from dropping coverage for preexisting medical conditions. Greater Wisconsin also sponsored a television advertisement criticizing Republican Attorney General candidate Brad Schimel for his positions and comments about birth control, sexual assault and interracial marriage.

Last active election: 2012