Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on Sierra Club Political Committee

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October 30, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This is a new unregistered independent expenditure committee being used by the Sierra Club, a grassroots environmental advocacy and lobbying group based in Oakland, Calif.  The committee, which is required to report its spending but not its contributors, was created to sponsor electioneering activities in Wisconsin’s 2016 state elections.

About a week before the Nov. 6 elections, the group reported spending about $5,100 on media and staff to oppose the reelection of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who faces Democrat Tony Evers.

Although not included in its reported spending, the organization also sent phone texts stating its support for Evers.

In the past, the group operated a state political action committee, which spent about $87,000 on independent expenditures between 2002 and 2011 to support Democratic legislative candidates.

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.