Hijacking Campaign 2015

Hijacking Campaign 2015 - Information on the Greater Wisconsin Committee

Hijacking Campaign 2015

Greater Wisconsin Committee

Posted: April 2, 2015
Updated: May 31, 2017

This is the phony issue ad arm of the Greater Wisconsin Committee, which is funded by labor unions and ideological groups to support Democratic candidates for local and statewide offices and the legislature. Greater Wisconsin was created in 2004 and also uses a 527 group, a corporation, and a political action committee to sponsor electioneering activities. The four entities spent an estimated $32.8 million between 2006 and 2014 on statewide and legislative elections. Greater Wisconsin is one of the largest outside spenders on Wisconsin statewide and legislative elections and spends most of its cash on negative broadcasts ads attacking Republican and conservative candidates.

The Greater Wisconsin Committee spent an etimated $168,000 supporting incumbent Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley against challenger Rock County Circuit Judge James Daley in the 2015 Supreme Court election.

About a week before the 2015 spring elections, the Greater Wisconsin Committee sponsored a 30-second television ad that accused Daley of imposing a light sentence on an individual convicted of severely beating two children. The ad asks viewers to contact Daley and tell him to protect children, not child abusers.

Last active election: 2014

Hijacking Campaign 2015 - Information on Progressives for Victory 2014

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Progressives for Victory 2014

Posted: March 17, 2015
Updated: August 3, 2015

OathSpending

This is a political action committee based in Stoughton, Wisconsin first created to support Democratic candidates for statewide office and the legislature in the 2014 general election.

The PAC spent roughly $1,100 dollars on yard signs supporting the reelection of incumbent Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley in the April 2015 election.

Last active election: 2014

Hijacking Campaign 2015 - Information on Wisconsin Right to Life PAC

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Wisconsin Right to Life PAC

Posted: March 31, 2015
Updated: May 31, 2017

Special Elections: OathSpending
Supreme Court: OathSpending

This statewide, anti-abortion advocacy group has long engaged in outside electioneering activities in legislative and statewide campaigns. It typically supports Republicans and opposes Democrats.

The PAC officially declared interest in the 2015 Supreme Court election and two special elections held later that year, the 33rd Senate and the 99th Assembly Districts, but only reported spending in the judicial race.

Last active election: 2014

Hijacking Campaign 2015 - Information on Wisconsin Family Action, Inc. - 1.91 Account

Hijacking Campaign 2015

Wisconsin Family Action, Inc. - 1.91 Account

Posted: February 17, 2015
Updated: May 31, 2017

Special Election: OathSpending
Supreme Court: OathSpending

This independent disbursement committee is sponsored by Wisconsin Family Action, a conservative group that opposes gay marriage and domestic partnerships. In 2015 the committee got involved in the Supreme Court election and two special State Senate elections.

In the Supreme Court election, the committee filed an oath of independent disbursements in support of challenger James Daley just five days before April 7 election and later reported spending a little over $900 on robocalls.

In special elections the committee supported former legislator Duey Stroebel in the three-way Republican primary for the 20th State Senate District and Republican Chris Kapenga in the 33rd Senate District.

Last active election: 2014

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 2015 - Information on Americans for Impartial Justice

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Americans for Impartial Justice

Posted: February 3, 2015
Updated: May 31, 2017

OathSpending

This is a political action committee based in Eau Claire that was created to make indepenent expenditures in the contentious 2011 Supreme Court election. The PAC filed documents with the state that showed it might make independent expenditures in the April 2015 Wisconsin Supreme Court election to support incumbent Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, who was seeking reelection to another 10-year term on the high court, and oppose challenger Rock County Circuit Court Judge James Daley.  The PAC's listed treasurer, Eleanor Wolf, is a past contributor to Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Democratic candidates for legislative and statewide offices.

As in the 2013 Supreme Court election, the committee's involvement in the 2015 Supreme Court election appears to have ended with the filing of the oath of independent disbursements. It did not report any independent spending.

Last active election: 2011

Hijacking Campaign 2015 - Issue Ads

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Issue Ads

Posted: February 3, 2015
Updated: November 4, 2015

Listed below are groups that seek to influence the 2015 election for state Supreme Court and the 2015 special elections by conducting “issue ads.”

Organizations involved in the non-partisan Supreme Court election are listed on the left, those involved in the special election on the right. Any organization involved in both elections is listed in both columns.

Click on the group’s name for a description of the group and examples of its activities.

Special Elections

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Hijacking Campaign 2015 - Independent Expenditures

Hijacking Campaign 2015

Independent Expenditures

Posted: February 3, 2015
Updated: September 21, 2015

PACs and independent disbursement groups that declared their intent to make independent expenditures supporting or opposing candidates in the 2015 state Supreme Court and special elections.

Organizations involved in the non-partisan Supreme Court election are listed on the left, those involved in the special election on the right. Any organization involved in both elections is listed in both columns.

Click on a PAC or corporation's name for more information.

 

Hijacking Campaign 2015 - Candidates

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Independent Expenditures - Candidates

Posted: February 3, 2015
Updated: August 24, 2015

Candidates in the 2015 Supreme Court and special elections.

Click on a candidate's name to see any independent expenditures reported as explicitly for or against a particular candidate. Click on the office link to see all independent expenditures spent on that office if any.

Candidate Party Office
Bradley, Ann Walsh Non-Partisan Supreme Court
Dorow, Brian Republican Senate District 33
Daley, James P Non-Partisan Supreme Court
Duchow, Cindi Republican Assembly District 99
Kapenga, Chris Republican Senate District 33
Koehler, Tiffany Lee Republican Senate District 20
Langer, MD Republican Senate District 33
Owens, Scott Republican Assembly District 99
Schlenvogt, Lee E Republican Senate District 20
Shaddock, Sherryll Democrat Senate District 33
Stroebel, Duey Republican Senate District 20
Westlake, Dave Republican Assembly District 99
Zimmerman, Spencer Republican Assembly District 99
 

Hijacking Campaign 2015

Hijacking Campaign 2015

Posted: February 3, 2015
Updated: September 21, 2015

A guide to independent expenditures and issue ads in the 2015 campaigns for Supreme Court the special election in the 20th and 33rd Senate districts and the 99th Assembly district.

For information about candidate financial activity see Campaign 2015

Independent Expenditures

Issue Ads