Hijacking Campaign 2018

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on Forever Wisconsin Fund

January 15, 2019

Fall: OathSpending

There is little information available for this committee. Based in Cedarburg, Wisconsin it first registered with the Wisconsin State Ethics Commission in July, 2018 and Forever Wisconsin, Inc., its sponsoring corporation, has only been in existence since May of that year. Its treasurer, James Blank, is a former WEAC official.

The committee did not report any spending until mid-December, when it reported spending $20,000 on robocalls to support Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers in the fall election.

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on MoveOn.org Political Action

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Posted: October 29, 2018
Updated: November 9, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This is a new unregistered independent expenditure committee state political action committee affiliated with a Berkeley, Calif.-based liberal group that supports Democrats for statewide offices around the country.

The committee sponsored online advertising in support of Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers, who faces GOP Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 6 elections.

The group has not been involved in electioneering in Wisconsin since the 2011 recall elections when as a registered independent expenditure committee itspent about $135,000 in two state Senate recall races.  The organization was originally formed in 1998 to oppose the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton.

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 2018 - Information on American Federation of Teachers Solidarity

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Posted: October 23, 2018
Updated: October 29, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This is a new unregistered committee run by the Washington, D. C.-based American Federation of Teachers to support Democratic candidates.  The union represents professional public employees, including, teachers.

In mid-October the group reported spending $10,000 on robo calls in to support Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers, who faces GOP Gov. Scott Walker on the Nov. 6 ballot. Shortly afterwards it added another $10,000 on online advertising.

The group also has another unregistered committee called AFT-Wisconsin that sponsor electioneering activities in Wisconsin elections, as well as a PAC that makes direct contributions to 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.

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on Forward Majority Action

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Posted: October 24, 2018
Updated: November 2, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This unregistered committee is run by Forward Majority, a Democratic group formed in 2017 to contest state legislative elections nationwide.

In late October it reported spending over $350,000 on mailings and online advertising to oppose Republican incumbents in four state senate races.

Here is a mailing about the Republican incumbent in the 13th Senate District and another about his Democratic challenger, and here is another comparing both candidates sent at the end of October.

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 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.

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on Leaders Igniting Transformation Action Fund

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October 30, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This is a new unregistered independent expenditure committee used by the Leaders Igniting Transformation Action Fund, a grassroots youth group created in 2017 to work on racial and economic justice, civic engagement, and other issues. 

The committee was created to sponsor electioneering activities in the fall elections.  About two weeks before the Nov. 6 elections, the committee spent nearly $800 on online advertising to oppose the reelections of GOP Gov. Scott Walker and Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel.

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 2018 - Information on Planned Parenthood Votes

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November 7, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This is a new unregistered committee sponsored by Planned Parenthood in New York.

Two days before the November 6 election it reported spending toward online advertising to support Democrat Tony Evers against Republican incumbent Gov. Scott Walker. Walker was running for third four-year term.

In 2008 a PAC with the same name and at the same address as this committee was active in the 2008 elections.

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 2018 - Information on ACC Wisconsin PAC

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Posted: October 25, 2018
Updated: March 28, 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.

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on Wisconsin First Political Fund

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Posted: October 16, 2018
Updated: November 7, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This West Allis-based Democratic group first appeared in the 2016 general election when it unsuccessfully opposed the reelection of Republican Sen. Tom Tiffany in northern Wisconsin.

In mid-October it reported spending to oppose Republican challenger Rep. Andre Jacque in the 1st Senate District. Jacque, currently representing the 2nd Assembly District, made an unsuccessful run for the seat in a June 2018 special election. Two days before the November election it first reported spending in opposition to incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Last active election: 2016

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.

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on AFT-Wisconsin

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Posted: October 15, 2018
Updated: November 9, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This unregistered independent expenditure committee is run by the Wisconsin branch of the American Federation of Teachers. The union represents professional public employees, including, but not limited to, teachers.

In mid-October the group reported spending a little over $3,000 to support Democrats in the fall gubernatorial and several state legislative elections.

The group also has a PAC that makes direct contributions to 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.