Hijacking Campaign 2016 - Information on Wisconsin REALTORS Political Fund

Hijacking Campaign 2016

Wisconsin REALTORS Political Fund

Posted:  October 12, 2016
Updated: June 2, 2017

Fall: OathSpending

This committee was created by the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA) in 2012 as Wisconsin REALTORS Political Fund - 1.91 Account to make independent expenditures in Wisconsin elections. Between 2012 and 2014, the committee spent nearly $517,000 to support Republican legislative candidates and the 2013 reelection of conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack. WRA's political action committee, RPAC Wisconsin, is routinely among the largest PAC contributors in legislative and statewide elections.

The group filed paperwork in mid-October showing it had spent nearly $174,000 on "consulting fees" in support of Republican Dan Feyen in the 18th Senate District. A report filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service shows a 527 group operated by the National Association of Realtors donated the money to the state group to pay for the expenditure.

Last active election: 2014

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.