Hijacking Campaign 2014

Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on NARAL Pro-Choice America

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NARAL Pro-Choice America

February 16, 2014

This Washington D.C.-based group is the nation's leading advocate for abortion rights and services.  The organization usually supports Democratic candidates for federal and state offices through direct contributions and independent expenditures.

The group reported no independent expenditures in the 2014 elections through its state PAC, but it did sponsor a 30-second television ad that criticized incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker of supporting policies that make it more difficult for women to have abortions. Walker faced Democrat Mary Burke in the November 4 general elections.

 

Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on First Amendment Alliance Educational Fund

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First Amendment Alliance Educational Fund

November 21, 2014

This is a group based in Alexandria, Virginia that supports Republican candidates for state and federal offices around the the country and lists its treasuer as conservative commentator Anthony Holms. First Amendment spent $335,710 in the Green Bay television market in October on phony issue ads that attacked Democrat Penny Bernard Schaber. Schaber faced Republican Roger Roth for the open 19th Senate District seat.  This was the first time the organization got involved in a Wisconsin election. 

First Amendment operated a 527 group in the 2010 elections that raised and spent more than $1 million to support Republican candidates in races around the country.  The 527 group raised much of its cash from hefty donations from banking and energy interests, according to reports it filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The group was not legally required to disclose its fundraising and spending activities in the Schaber race because it sponsored phony issue ads.

 

Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on Rule of Law Project

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Rule of Law Project

Posted: November 3, 2014
Updated: November 21, 2014


This is a group represented by a Washington D.C. attorney that is sponsoring issue ads in support of Republican Attorney General candidate Brad Schimel who faced Democrat Susan Happ in the November 4th general elections. The group spent $184,970 at four Green Bay area television stations to air a 30-second ad about a week before the elections that said Schimel would sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if the Obama administration implements stricter new air pollution regulations.

Little else is known about this group because issue ad organizations do not have to disclose information about themselves or their fundraising and spending activities with state or federal authorities. The Rule of Law Project has not been involved in previous Wisconsin elections.

Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on DLCC Wisconsin Action

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DLCC Wisconsin Action

Posted: October 29, 2014
Updated: May 25, 2017

OathSpending

This is a new corporation created to make independent expenditures by the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, a Washington D.C.-based group affiliated with the national Democratic Party that supports Democratic candidates for legislative offices around the country.  he organization raises funds through a 527 group and other means from labor unions and large corporations.  Previously, the committee used a state political action committee to sponsor outside electioneering activities in Wisconsin races.

The corporation filed paperwork with the state showing it spent $170,000 on consulting and media in October to oppose Howard Marklein, the Republican candidate in the hotly contested open seat in 17th Senate District. The group sponsored a 30-second television ad shortly before the November 4 election that accused Marklein of voting in favor of numerous budgets cuts to education and other programs and in favor of special interest tax breaks as an Assembly representative.

Marklein won the election.

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.

Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund

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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund

Posted: October 28, 2014
Updated: February 3, 2015

OathSpending

This is one of two corporations created by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin in 2010 to make independent expenditures to support Democratic candidates for statewide office and the legislature in Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood is the leading advocate and provider of reproductive health care for women in the state and the nation.  This corporation spent nearly $796,000 on behalf of Democratic candidates in state elections between 2010 and 2012. Its counterpart, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Inc., spent another $429,000 during the same period.

This corporation, like its counterpart, only registered with the state to make independent expenditures in the 2014 fall after it had begun independent electioneering activity supporting Democrat Mary Burke's campaign against incumbent GOP Governor Scott Walker.

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.

Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI, Inc.

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Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI, Inc.

Posted: October 28, 2014
Updated: February 3, 2015

OathSpending

This corporation was created in 2010 by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin to make independent expenditures to support Democratic candidates for statewide office and the legislature. Planned Parenthood is the leading advocate and provider of reproductive health care for women in the state and the nation.  Between 2010 and 2012 this corporation made nearly $429,000 in independent expenditures in Wisconsin elections.  Another corporation, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund, spent nearly $796,000 during the same period.

The corporation did not register with the state to spend money on electioneering activities in the 2014 general elections until nearly two months after it doled out over $330,000 mostly for mailings in the governor's race and the 19th Senate District contest. 

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.

Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on Faith & Freedom Coalition

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Faith & Freedom Coalition

October 27, 2014

This conservative ideological group was created in 2009 by Christian Coalition founder Ralph Reed and sponsors electioneering activities that support Republican candidates for state and federal office. The Georgia-based group stakes out many of the same positions on issues as other conservative organizations - like opposing abortion and same-sex marriage and supporting less government regulation and lower taxes. The group's website indicates get-out-the-vote and candidate training efforts are among its key outside electioneering activities. The coalition also has a state chapter run by a former county GOP party official.

The coalition sponsored a mailing about two weeks before the November 4 general elections that urged recipients to vote and outlined positions held by incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke on various issues, including abortion, same-sex marriage and the federal health care program. The group also sponsored robocalls in the Madison-area urging people to vote.

 

Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on Citizens for Southwest Wisconsin

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Citizens for Southwest Wisconsin

Posted: October 27, 2014
Updated: May 24, 2017

OathSpending

Citizens for Southwest Wisconsin is a Platteville-based political action committee organized in 2010. The PAC made independent expenditures amounting to $7,566 in 2010 and 2012 in support of Republicans Governor Scott Walker 2012 recall campaign and 49th Assembly District Representative Travis Tranel in both the 2010 and 2012 elections.

The group filed paperwork with the state that shows it sponsored radio ads to support Walker's 2014 reelection bid in the November 4 general election. 

Last active election: 2012

Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on Fire Fighters for a Better Wisconsin (PFFW Defense Fund)

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Fire Fighters for a Better Wisconsin (PFFW Defense Fund)

Posted: October 23, 2014
Updated: May 25, 2017

OathSpending

This corporation was created in 2011 by the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin. The state labor union for firefighters created this corporation to make independent expenditures to support Democratic candidates in Wisconsin elections. The corporation spent about $3,700 in the 2011 recall elections and nothing in the 2012 recalls. The firefighters' political action committee has been making direct campaign contributions to candidates for legislative and statewide offices for several years.

The corporation made independent expenditures supporting incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker's Democratic opponent, Mary Burke.

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.

Hijacking Campaign 2014 - Information on Educators for Better Schools

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Educators for Better Schools

Posted: October 23, 2014
Updated: May 25, 2017

OathSpending

This is a new corporation with a Racine mailing address created to make independent expenditures in Wisconsin elections. The group supported Democrat Mary Burke in her unsuccessful attempt to unseat Republican Governor Scott Walker in the November 4, 2014 general elections.

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.