Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on ACC Wisconsin PAC

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Posted: October 25, 2018
Updated: January 15, 2019

Fall: OathSpending

This is a new corporation that appeared about two weeks before the Nov. 6 election with the same Washington, D.C., address as the Republican Governors Association (RGA).  The RGA already has a political action committee called Right Direction Wisconsin that is making independent expenditures in Wisconsin’s race for governor.

Both ACC Wisconsin PAC, which was referred to as the American Comeback Committee Wisconsin in television ad-buy documents, and Right Direction Wisconsin are sponsoring activities to support the reelection of GOP Gov. Scott Walker, who faces Democrat Tony Evers. 

The ACC Wisconsin PAC initially reported nearly $1.9 million in independent expenditures for consulting and broadcast and online advertising. A 30-second television ad sponsored by the group accused Evers, who is currently state school superintendent, of doling out bonuses to state bureaucrats rather than spending the money on schools.

Only a day after it first reported spending on advertising it reported an additional $1.5 million on television advertisements and direct mail. The mailers claimed that Evers would raise taxes on property, income and gas as well as a host of other fees.

This organization is registered with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission as an independent expenditure committee following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.