Hijacking Campaign 2018

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on Wisconsin Family Action, Inc. - 1.91

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Posted: June 7, 2018
Updated: November 7, 2018

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

Fall

The day of the November general election the group reported spending on robocalls to support incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Special

Six days before the June 12 special elections to fill vacancies in the 1st Senate and 42nd Assembly Districts, the group reported spending on brochures and postage to support the election of the Republican candidate in each election. The day of the election it reported spending on mailings and robocalls.

Last active election: 2017

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 2018 - Information on Americans for Prosperity IE Committee

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Posted: January 22, 2018
Updated: November 2, 2018

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This is a group created in 2003 by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire owners of Koch Industries and Wisconsin-based papermaker Georgia-Pacific.

Americans for Prosperity, which generally sponsors phony issue ads and has refused to disclose how much it raises and spends on Wisconsin elections until now, supports Republican and conservative candidates for federal, state, and local offices around the country. The Democracy Campaign estimates that Americans for Prosperity spent $5.7 million since January 2010 on undisclosed phony issue ads in Wisconsin legislative and statewide elections.

Fall Elections

In mid-September the group reported spending on behalf of Republican Reps. Andre Jacque, of De Pere, and Dale Kooyenga, of Brookfield.  Both Jacque and Kooyenga are running for the state Senate.  Jacque is a candidate in the 1st Senate District where he lost a special election in June to fill the vacant seat, and Kooyenga is running for the open seat in the 5th Senate District where the incumbent, Leah Vukmir, is leaving to challenge Sen. Tammy Baldwin for the U.S. Senate.

In August, the group announced a $1.8 million ad buy and sponsored a 30-second television ad that claimed Republican Gov. Scott Walker has spent millions on education and that Walker even drew praise in the past from his opponent in the November elections, Democrat Tony Evers. 

The group announced a second $1.3 million ad buy in mid-September and sponsored an ad that claimed Wisconsin citizens could not afford Evers because he is open to raising gas taxes to pay for road construction.

Click on Picture for Full AdIn early October, the group announced a $1.5 million ad buy and sponsored an ad that called Evers "a risk we can't take" because he may increase taxes.

A fourth 30-second television ad sponsored by the group in mid- to late October accused Evers of being risky to elect because he may raise gas and property taxes.  The group sponsored a fifth 30-second ad in late October that said Evers would get rid of the state’s controversial school voucher program, if elected.

A week before the August 14 primary, the organization first reported spending on mailings to back Republican incumbent John Spiros. Spiros faced a primary challenger in the 86th Assembly District.

In early October the group sent out mailers accusing Evers of intending to raise the gas tax. The mailers urged the reader to vote against Tony Evers.

A second mailer accused Evers of supporting a broken, expensive government sponsored health care program that would take money away from schools and road maintenance.

A third mailer claimed Evers' policies would trap students in sub-standard schools.

Supreme Court

Only a few days before the April 3 spring elections, the group filed paperwork with the state showing it was making independent expenditures on behalf of conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Michael Screnock.  Screnock, a Sauk County Circuit Court judge, faces Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet for a 10-year seat on the high court.  Americans for Prosperity spent money to pay for staff salaries and canvassing to support Screnock.

Special Elections

Earlier this year, the group made independent expenditures to support support Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam Lake, who ended up losing a special election to Democrat Patty Schachtner in the 10th Senate District special election.  The group spent the money on mailings, digital and radio ads, and door-to-door literature.

In addition to the independent expenditures, the group’s longtime issue ad arm sponsored 60-second radio and 15-second digital advertisements supporting Jarchow.

The 10th Senate special election was held to fill the northwestern Wisconsin Senate seat that was vacated by longtime GOP Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, of River Falls, to become Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s agriculture secretary.

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 Right to Life PAC

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Posted: March 7, 2018
Updated: October 30, 2108

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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.

Fall

At the end of October the PAC first reported spending to report Republican in two state senate districts, Rep. Andre Jacque the challenger in the 1st Senate District and Rep. Dale Kooyenga running for the open 5th Senate District seat.

Wisconsin Right to Life is also involved with issue ads in the gubernatorial election.

Special

More than a month after the 10th Senate District special election held in January, the PAC reported spending on Facebook ads and robocalls in favor of GOP Rep. Adam Jarchow who lost to first time legislative candidate Democrat Patty Schachtner. The northwestern Wisconsin seat was long held by Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf who resigned in December 2017 to become GOP Gov. Scott Walker's agriculture secretary.

Last active election: 2016

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on Wisconsin REALTORS Political Fund

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Posted: May 24, 2018
Updated: September 25, 2018

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This committee was created by the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA) in 2012 as Wisconsin REALTORS Political Fund - 1.91 Account to make independent expenditures in Wisconsin elections. Between 2012 and 2016, the committee spent nearly $700,000 to support Republican legislative candidates and the 2013 reelection of conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack. WRA's political action committee, RPAC Wisconsin, is routinely among the largest PAC contributors in legislative and statewide elections.

Fall Election

The last week of September the organization reported spending over $200,000 on canvassing, printing and consulting fees to support of Republican incumbent Roger Roth in the 19th Senate District.

Spring Election

On May 24, the committee reported spending on robocalls in favor of Jon Plumer, the Republican candidate in the June 12th special election to fill a vacancy in the 42nd Assembly District.

Last active election: 2016

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 2018 - Information on Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters PAC

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Posted: January 18, 2018
Updated: July 19, 2018

Special: OathSpending

This political action committee is controlled by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, a statewide environmental policy, education and advocacy organization.  In addition to lobbying the governor and legislature on environmental matters, the group is also active in state elections recruiting and supporting legislative and statewide candidates that support its agenda. The league mostly supports Democratic candidates for statewide office and the legislature through this PAC and its independent expenditure committee, but weighs in on open Republican primaries through the Conserve Wisconsin PAC.

Five days before the May primary to fill a vacancy in the 1st Senate District, the PAC reported miscellaneous printing expenses in support of  Caleb Frostman, the lone Democratic candidate in the race. As the June election approached the group expanded the scope of its spending to include a mailing, radio (here and here) and television advertisements.

Two days after the January special election the PAC reported spending $390 on mailings and Facebook ads in support of Patty Schachtner, the Democratic candidate in the 10th Senate District.

Last active election: 2016

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on WEAC Region 1 PAC

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February 13, 2017

Special: OathSpending

This political action committee (PAC) is run by a regional division of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the state's largest teacher's union.  The PAC was formerly known as Northwest United Educators.

About a month after the 10th Senate District special election the PAC reported spending in favor of Democrat Patty Schachtner, who defeated GOP Rep. Adam Jarchow for the northwestern Wisconsin seat formerly held by longtime Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf.  Harsdorf resigned in December to become GOP Gov. Scott Walker's agriculture secretary.

Last active election: 2002

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on Midwest Growth Fund

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Posted: May 8, 2018
Updated: June 1, 2018

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This group lists only an Appleton, Wis. post office box as its address, and an individual named Bruce Barrett as its treasurer in paperwork filed with the state to make independent expenditures in a special election for the 1st Senate District.

Midwest Growth Fund is sponsoring a series of radio ads and a mailing to support Republican candidate Alex Renard, an executive at his family-owned Renco Machine Co. in Green Bay.

Renard faced GOP Rep. Andre Jacque, of De Pere, in the May 15 primary for the seat, which was vacated late last year by former Republican Sen. Frank Lasee, who took another job with the state. Jacque won the primary and squares off against Democrat Caleb Frostman for the seat in the June 12 general election.

The group appears to have a federal political action committee (PAC) that first appeared in 2016 when it raised about $71,100 and spent about $70,300, on independent expenditures to support Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Gallagher in Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District.

Most of the PAC’s 2016 fundraising, $53,500, came from Midwest Growth Unlimited, followed by Dennis Kuester, of Naples, Fla., a former M&I Bank chairman from Wisconsin, $10,000, and Matthew Nguyen, a New York City investment fund manager, $7,000.  Recent federal reports show the PAC did not raise any money in the first quarter of 2018 and spent only about $775 through March.

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 2018 - Information on WEAC Region 6 PAC

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March 29, 2018

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WEAC Region 6 PAC, formerly called the Rock Valley United Teachers, is the political action committee (PAC) for the Madison regional branch of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the state's largest teachers union.  WEAC and its various regional political action committees generally support Democratic candidates for legislative and statewide offices through outside electioneering activities and direct PAC contributions.

Less than a week before the April 3 spring elections, the PAC filed paperwork showing it would sponsor mailings on behalf of Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Rebecca Dallet.  Dallet, a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge, is facing Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock for a 10-year seat on the state's highest court. 

Even though the race is officially nonpartisan, Dallet is supported by traditional Democratic allies and contributors and Screnock is backed by groups and contributors who usually support Republicans and conservatives.

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin - C4

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Posted: March 29, 2018
Updated: November 1, 2018

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This committee is used by Planned Parenthood, which is the leading advocate and provider of reproductive health care for women in the state and the nation, to make independent expenditures to support Democratic candidates in legislative and statewide races in Wisconsin.

Fall

At the beginning of October Planned Parenthood reported spending over $200,00 towards online advertising in support of the Democratic candidates in the November gubernatorial and attorney general elections. A day later it reported spending $150,000 to support Democrats in seven legislative races. It's registered independent expenditure committee also got involved in state elections around this time.

A day before the August 14 primary, it reported spending $500 for online advertising to support Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Mandela Barnes. Barnes, a former state legislator, faces Kurt  Kober in the Democratic primary.

Special

About a week after the June 12 special election to fill a in the 1st Senate District, the organization reported spending $1,000 on online advertising in favor of the Democratic candidate.

Spring

Less than a week before the April 3 spring elections, the committee filed paperwork with the state showing it may spend $500 on online advertising to support Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Rebecca Dallet.  Dallet, a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge, is facing Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock for a 10-year seat on the state's highest court. 

Though officially a nonpartisan race, Dallet has drawn support from traditional Democratic allies and contributors and Screnock is backed by groups and contributors who usually support Republicans and conservatives.

Last active election: 2016

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 NRA Political Victory Fund - Federal PAC

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Posted: March 29, 2018
Updated: November 7, 2018

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This is federal political action committee (PAC) used by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the nation's largest and most controversial pro-gun group, to support Republican and conservative candidates and attack Democrats in races for federal and state offices.

Fall

In mid-October the group first reported spending over $800,000 on television advertising to oppose Tony Evers, the Democratic challenger to two-term Republican incumbent Gov. Scott Walker.  The ad called Evers "dangerous" because he supports backgrounds checks for gun buyers. In late October NRA first reported mailings to support Walker and incumbent Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Special

Eight days before the June 12 special elections, the organization first reported spending on mailings in support of Andre Jacque, the Republican candidate in the 1st Senate District.

Spring

Less than a week before the April 3 spring elections, the group's federal PAC filed paperwork with the state showing it may spend about $44,200 on mailings to support conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Michael Screnock.  Screnock, a Sauk County Circuit Court judge, is facing Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet for the 10-year seat on the high court.  Screnock received the NRA's endorsement in the race shortly before the Parkland, Fla. school shooting and the February primary.

Before the 2016 state elections, the NRA used a 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 group has spent about $3.6 million on outside electioneering activities in state races.

Last active election: 2016

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.