Hijacking Campaign 2016

Hijacking Campaign 2016 - Information on Wisconsin Family Action, Inc. - 1.91 Account

Hijacking Campaign 2016

Wisconsin Family Action, Inc. - 1.91 Account

January 18, 2017

Fall: OathSpending

This independent disbursement committee is sponsored by Wisconsin Family Action, a conservative group that opposes gay marriage and domestic partnerships.

The group made robocalls to support a number of Republican candidates in the November election.

Last active election: 2015

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.

Hijacking Campaign 2016 - Information on Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Inc.

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Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Inc.

Posted: November 9, 2016
Updated: May 31, 2017

This is a longtime Madison-based lobbying organization that represents the state's construction industry. The group spent nearly half a million dollars between January 2015 and December 2016 on lobbying tax, labor, regulatory and other issues on behalf of construction companies.

Associated Builders and Contractors has operated a political action committee, which made direct contributions to mostly Republican legislative and statewide candidates totaling $88,300 between January 2011 and Decenber 2016. 

This is the first election in which the group has directly spent money on outside electioneering activities, in this case phony, undisclosed issue ads. In October, Associated Builders and Contractors sponsored nearly identical radio and television ads supporting three GOP Assembly incumbents: Rep. Mary Czaja, of Irma (ad); Joel Kitchens, of Sturgeon Bay (ad); and Romaine Quinn, of Rice Lake (television ad and radio ad). The ads praised the trio for their support of reduced taxes and regulations.

The Democracy Campaign estimates the group spent about $45,000 on issue ads in the 2016 legislative elections.

 

 

Hijacking Campaign 2016 - Information on American Majority Action

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American Majority Action

Posted: November 8, 2016
Updated: June 2, 2017

Fall: OathSpending

This organization makes independent expenditures in Wisconsin elections on behalf of the Virginia-based American Majority Action, which was created in 2010 by Ned Ryun to recruit, train and support conservative candidates in state and local races across the country. 

American Majority Action's electioneering activities in Wisconsin elections started during the 2012 recall races as a PAC. Since then, it had spent about $21,000 on independent expenditures to help Republican candidates in Wisconsin before the 2016 elections.

In the 2016 legislative elections, the American Majority reported spending on campaign literature to support GOP candidates in the targeted 18th Senate District and 51st, 85th and 67th Assembly races.

Last active election: 2014

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.

Hijacking Campaign 2016 - Information on NRA Political Victory Fund – Federal PAC

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NRA Political Victory Fund – Federal PAC

Posted: November 1, 2016
Updated: June 2, 2017

Fall: OathSpending

This federal political action committee (PAC) is used by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the nation's largest and most controversial pro-gun group, to support candidates for federal and state offices. The NRA generally supports conservative and Republican candidates and attacks Democrats. In the past, the NRA has used a longtime, similarly named state PAC to make direct contributions to candidates and make independent expenditures in legislative and statewide races, as well as an independent disbursement committee. Since 2008, the state PAC and the NRA's independent disbursement committee have spent $3.6 million on outside electioneering activities in state races.

At the end of October the group reported over $23,000 in mailing expenses to support Republican candidates in 15 legislative races.

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.

Hijacking Campaign 2016 - Information on Wisconsin Right to Life PAC

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Wisconsin Right to Life PAC

Posted: October 31, 2016
Updated: June 2, 2017

Fall: 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.

In January 2017, two months after the election, the PAC filed reports showing expenditures in support of the Republican candidates in the 32nd, 18th and 12th Senate Districts.

Last active election: 2015

Hijacking Campaign 2016 - Information on Citizen Action of Wisconsin Inc.

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Citizen Action of Wisconsin Inc.

Posted: October 27, 2016
Updated: June 2, 2017

Fall: OathSpending

This is an independent expenditure committee created by Citizen Action of Wisconsin to sponsor electioneering activities to support Democrats in legislative and statewide elections. Citizen Action is a coalition of labor, senior citizen, environmental, civil rights and other organizations. Between 2010 and 2016, the group spent about $235,000 on independent expenditures.

Citizen Action filed paperwork in late October 2016 showing it paid for mailings, digital ads and staff support for Democratic candidates Jack Redmond and Howard White in the 21st and 68th Assembly District races, respectively, as well as electioneering activities against their opponents, incumbent GOP Reps. Jessie Rodriguez, of Oak Creek, and Kathy Bernier, of Chippewa Falls.

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.

Hijacking Campaign 2016 - Information on Republican State Leadership Committee

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Republican State Leadership Committee

Posted: October 20, 2016
Updated: May 31, 2017

This is a Virginia-based group that supports Republican candidates for statewide office and the legislature in Wisconsin and around the country. Between 2010 and 2016, the group spent an estimated $2.7 million on independent expenditures and phony issue ads in Wisconsin elections.

In mid-October, the group sponsored a 60-second radio ad and mailings - here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here - that accused Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, of La Crosse, of not representing the best interests her constituents in the 32nd District on health care, tax, and college affordability issues. Shilling's Republican opponent in the November election was Dan Kapanke, the incumbent she had unseated in a 2011 recall to first win her Senate seat.

The Democracy Campaign estimates the group spent $215,000 in its unsuccessful attempt to unseat Shilling.

Earlier in the year, one of the group's independent expenditure committees doled out about $114,000 to support the election of conservative Justice Rebecca Bradley to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court.

Last active election:  2011

Hijacking Campaign 2016 - Information on Wisconsin Prosperity

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Wisconsin Prosperity

Posted: October 20, 2016
Updated: June 2, 2017

Fall: OathSpending

This independent expenditure committee was created in 2016 by a new phony issue ad group called Prosperity for Everyday People. Both the issue ad group and the committee, which are based in Windsor, Wis., were created to support Democratic legislative candidates.

Paperwork filed by the committee, which must disclose its independent expenditures, showed it sponsored television ads in mid-October to support Democrat Brian Smith, who was challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Luther Olsen, of Ripon, for the14th Senate District seat.

Its issue ad counterpart spent even more in that race and 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.

Hijacking Campaign 2016 - Information on Working America Coalition

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Working America Coalition

Posted: October 18, 2016
Updated: June 5, 2017

Fall: OathSpending

This committee was created by the Washington D.C.-based AFL-CIO to make independent expenditures to support Democratic candidates in Wisconsin elections.

The group spent nearly $6,000 supporting Democrats in seven Assembly and six Senate seats.

Previously, the national AFL-CIO used a similarly named committee called Working America to sponsor its outside electioneering activities in Wisconsin elections. That committee spent over $92,000 to support Democrats during recall and fall elections in 2011 and 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.

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