Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Independent Expenditure Committee

Hijacking Campaign 2014

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Independent Expenditure Committee

Posted: September 15, 2014
Updated: May 30, 2017


This is a corporation created in 2011 by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, a statewide environmental advocacy, lobbying and education group, exclusively to make independent expenditures on behalf of mostly Democratic candidates in statewide and legislative elections. The corporation spent $239,101 in the the 2011 recall and the 2012 recall and fall elections on outside electioneering activities. In addition, the group's state political action committee spent $346,412 on independent expenditures in statewide and legislative elections between 2002 and 2012.

The league announced in early October that it would spend $1 million on an advertising campaign attacking incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker's record on environmental laws and regulation. The group released two ads that accused Walker of weakening environmental laws and threatening public health to benefit an out-of-state company seeking to dig a large, open-pit iron mine in northern Wisconsin after the company secretly contributed $700,000 to an outside electioneering group that helped the governor win his 2012 recall election.

The committee also spent nearly $100,000 in the 19th Senate District race.

Last active election: 2012

This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board as an independent disbursement committee following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.