Hijacking Campaign 2018

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on Leadership MKE

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Posted: July 31, 2018
Updated: October 16, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This Milwaukee-based indepenent expenditure committee was established in January 2018 by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to make independent expenditures in an attempt to unseat his political opponents in the April 2018 elections. For all practical purposes he is the sole funder. Of the $805,000 the committee raised in the first half of 2018, he provided $790,000.

At the end of July the committee reported spending in the Democratic primary to support two challengers, LaKeshia Myers in the 12th Assembly District and Liz Sumner in the 23rd. Myers defeated incumbent Democrat Fred Kessler in the primary and faces no opponent in November. Sumner, in the 23rd Assembly District, won a three-way primary and faces Republican incumbent Jim Ott in the general election.

In mid-October it reported spending on mailings and online advertising to support Sumner and Robyn Vining, the Democratic candidate in the 14th Assembly District. Vining faces Republican Matt Adamczyk, the current state treasurer, for the open seat.

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 SEIU WI State Council

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Posted: July 31, 2018
Updated: November 7, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a labor union which represents health care, home care, nursing home, public service and building service workers in Wisconsin.

Towards the end of July the SEIU reported spending on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mahlon Mitchell in the August primary. In mid-October it first reported spending in oppostion to incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker's bid for a third term.

The last time the SEIU State Council made independent expenditures in a state election was 12 years ago through its PAC. By using an unregistered independent expenditure group instead it is not held to the same reporting requirements or funding source restrictions as a PAC.

Last active election: 2006

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 for Children Action Fund IE Committee Inc

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Posted: July 31, 2018
Updated: November 1, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This committee is used to make independent expenditures in Wisconsin elections by the American Federation for Children, a Washington D.C.-based group that supports school voucher programs in the state and around the country.

The organization started sponsoring outside electioneering activities during Wisconsin's 2010 general elections. Between 2010 and 2016 the federation doled out an estimated $6.5 million on independent expenditures and phony issue ads combined, mostly to support GOP legislative candidates and Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Towards the end of July the organization reported spending on online advertising to support the primary campaigns of three Republican candidates running for three different open Assembly seats.

At the end of September it reported spending in three Assembly races to support two Republican incumbents, Todd Novak of the 51st Assembly District and Treig Pronschinske of the 92nd Assembly District, plus a Republican in the open 14th Assembly District, State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk.

In mid-October it reported spending in the race for the open 96th Assembly District seat. By the end of October it expanded its spending to include the 1st and 17th Senate Disticts and a total of eight Assembly districts.

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 Strong Wisconsin

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Posted: July 25, 2018
Updated: August 23, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

Based in Washington, D.C., this is a new committee that was created in early July by the International Association of Fire Fighters to support firefighter Mahlon Mitchell's campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor.

It first reported spending on online advertising on behalf of Mitchell's failed primary bid about four weeks before the Aug. 14 primary.  It later expanded its spending to inlcude mailings and television advertisements.

Mitchell was among eight Democratic candidates for governor on the primary ballot. The winner,  State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, faces Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is seeking a third, four-year term, in November.

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 Service Employees International Union Committee on Political Education

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Posted: July 23, 2018
Updated: November 5, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This is an unregistered committee controlled by the Washington D.C.-based Service Employees International Union - SEIU.  The committee, which does not have to report the source or amount of its fundraising to the state, intends to make independent expenditures in Wisconsin elections on behalf of Democratic candidates.

The committee filed paperwork with the state in July showing it sponsored electioneering activities on behalf of Mahlon Mitchell, who is one of eight active Democratic candidates for governor seeking the party's nomination in the Aug. 14 primary to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. 

At the end of September it first reported spending on behalf of the Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes.

In late October it reported additonal spending on behalf of Evers and Barnes and in opposition to incumbent Republcian Gov. Scott Walker.

Between 2002 and 2014, numerous SEIU political action committees made about $964,600 in independent expenditures in Wisconsin state elections for governor, attorney general, and the legislature.  In addition, the union funneled at least $920,000 in 2012 to a corporation called We Are Wisconsin Political Fund, which was a coalition of national labor unions formed to defeat Walker in a June 2012 recall election.

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 WEAC Region 3

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July 19, 2018

Special: OathSpending

WEAC Region 3 PAC is the political action committee of the Green Bay regional branch of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the state's largest teachers union.

In July the group reported spending in support of the winning Democratic candidate in the June special election held in the 1st Senate District.

Last active election: 2016

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on Fire Fighters for a Better Wisconsin

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Posted: July 12, 2018
Updated: August 13, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

The Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin first created this committee with the name PFFW Defense Fund to make independent expenditures to support Democratic candidates in the 2011 recall elections.

In mid-July it reported spending on yard signs to support Democrat and fire fighter Mahlon Mitchell for governor and before the primary it reported spending on mailings.

Last active election: 2014

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 SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin

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Posted: June 18, 2018
Updated: August 14, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This is a new unregistered committee created by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to make independent expenditures in Wisconsin state elections. Like most unions, the SEIU generally supports Democratic candidates through political action committee contributions. 

Between January 2010 and December 2017, numerous SEIU PACs contributed about $160,000 to Wisconsin legislative and statewide candidates. During the same period, the group's PACs and a corporation spent $139,161 on independent expenditures to support Democrats. 

In mid-June, about five months before the state's fall elections, the committee sponsored billboards and outdoor advertising on behalf of Democratic candidate for governor Mahlon Mitchell. Just before the August 14 Democratic primary it reported spending on radio advertisements in the Milwaukee area to promote Mitchell.

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 Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters IE Committee

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June 8, 2018

Special: OathSpending

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, a statewide environmental advocacy group, created this committee to make independent expenditures in the 2011 recall elections. In those and subsequent state elections, it has only supported Democratic candidates.

Four days before the June 12 special elections to fill a vacancy in the 1st Senate District, the League's independent expenditure committee reported spending on a mailer supporting Caleb Frostman, the Democratic candidate in the race.

This is the second committee the League has used to make independent expenditures in this race. The Wisconsin League of Conservations Voters PAC has been involved in the election since early May.

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 Progressive Takover

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June 11, 2018

Special: OathSpending

Progressive Takeover is a Chicago-based organization whose self-professed mission is to flip state legislatures from Republican to Democratic control in order to have greater Democratic influence on the redistricting proccess nationwide.

Three days before the June 12 election to fill a vacancy in the 1st Senate District, the group reported spending on online ads to support Democratic candidate Caleb Frostman.

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.