WMC Jobs Fund
Posted: October 10, 2016
Updated: June 5, 2017
This is a an independent expenditure committee newly created in 2016 by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), the state's largest business group and one of the most powerful special interest influences on state spending and policy. WMC last made independent expenditures in the 2007 Supreme Court elections through its PAC, then called Concerned Business and Industry, but in years since concentrated on phony issue ads instead, an avenue of electoral influence that it did not neglect in 2016.
In October, the committee reported more than $645,000 in spending on broadcast and online advertising in two targeted Senate races. WMC opposed Democratic candidate Brian Smith challenging incumbent GOP Sen. Luther Olsen, of Ripon, in the 14th Senate District. WMC's ad criticized Smith for writing a letter to the court in 2008 supporting a former employee of the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King who was accused of stealing money from the facility. WMC also opposed Democrat Mark Harris, who faced GOP candidate Dan Feyen for an open seat in the 18th Senate District.
This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board/Wisconsin Ethics Commission as an independent expenditure committee following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.