Hijacking Campaign 2018

Hijacking Campaign 2018

Posted: December 12, 2017
Updated: July 17, 2019

A guide to independent expenditures and issue ads in the the special election for the 58th Assembly District and the 2018 state Supreme Court election.

For information about candidate financial activity see Campaign 2018.

If you see any independent expenditures or issue ads we haven't covered, please contact us via our Hijack Hotline.

Independent Expenditures

Issue Ads

Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on DAGA WI People’s Lawyer Project

Hijacking Campaign 2018 | Independent Expenditures | Issue Ads | Candidates | Offices | Campaign 2018

Posted: October 23, 2018
Updated: November 7, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This is a corporation used by the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) to make independent expenditures in Wisconsin’s election for attorney general.  DAGA is a 527 group, which may raise and spend unlimited amounts of money from any source to spend on elections.

The group first reported spending on television advertising to oppose the reelection of GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel late in October.  Schimel faces Democrat Josh Kaul on the Nov. 6 ballot.  Most of the group’s advertising is slated to run during the two weeks leading up to the election.

The group sponsored an ad that accused Schimel of cutting plea deals in numerous cases that resulted in light sentences for sexual predators.

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 Citizen Action of Wisconsin Inc.

Hijacking Campaign 2018 | Independent Expenditures | Issue Ads | Candidates | Offices | Campaign 2018

October 30, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This is an independent expenditure committee used by Citizen Action of Wisconsin to pay for electioneering activities to support Democratic candidates in legislative and statewide elections.  The organization is a coalition of labor, environment, senior citizen and other groups.  Between 2010 and 2016, the group spent more than $235,000 on independent expenditures.

Shortly before the Nov. 6 elections, the group spent money on staff to support Democrat Tony Evers, who faces GOP 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 Fair Wisconsin, Inc.

Hijacking Campaign 2018 | Independent Expenditures | Issue Ads | Candidates | Offices | Campaign 2018

Posted: November 1, 2018
Updated: November 2, 2018

Fall: OathSpending

This is a corporation used to make independent expenditures to support Democrats in statewide and legislative elections by Fair Wisconsin, a statewide advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

Only days before the Nov. 6 general election, the group filed paperwork showing it spent more than $102,000 on mailings - here and here - to support Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers and oppose the reelection of GOP Gov. Scott Walker.

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.