Hijacking Campaign 2016 - Information on Leaders for a Better Community

Hijacking Campaign 2016

Leaders for a Better Community

Posted: August 9, 2016
Updated: June 2, 2017

Fall: OathSpending

Leaders for a Better Community is a Milwaukee-based issue ad group created in fall 2015 by Sherwin Hughes, a political consultant and Milwaukee radio talk show host. Hughes was formerly the state director of Democrats for Education Reform, a group that was founded by Wall Street hedge fund managers to promote charter and voucher schools.

The group sponsored broadcast ads and mailings in several Milwaukee-area legislative races before the Aug. 9 primaries.

The organization sponsored a television ad attacking Democratic Rep. LaTonya Johnson, of Milwaukee, and mailings that supported Thomas Harris, her opponent in the Democratic primary in the open 6th Senate District.

The group also sponsored an ad in support of Democratic Sen. Lena Taylor, of Milwaukee, who faced a primary challenge for her 4th Senate District seat from Rep. Mandela Barnes, of Milwaukee. Hughes of Leaders for a Better Community is a former aide to Senator Taylor.

The group ran radio and newspaper ads supporting Democratic incumbent Leon Young in the 16th Assembly District. He faced three primary challengers in August.

Finally, the group sponsored television, radio and newspaper ads supporting Jason Fields in a two-way primary in the open 11th Assembly District. Jason Fields had previously held the seat having lost it to Rep. Barnes, Sen. Taylor's 2016 primary challenger, in a primary election in 2012.

This organization is an unregistered independent expenditure committee that is required to report any such spending done within 60 days of a primary or an election to the  Wisconsin Ethics Commission per Chapter 11, Subchapter X of Wisconsin Statutes.