March 17, 2020
Outside electioneering groups have spent about $735,000 so far in this spring’s Wisconsin Supreme Court race.
Paperwork filed with the state show four of the express advocacy groups spent about $684,300 to support Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky. She faces incumbent Justice Dan Kelly, who has drawn about $40,400 in electioneering support from two conservative groups, in the April 7 election.
That’s a 17-to-1 advantage four groups supporting Karofsky, who is backed by Democrats in the race. A similar early lead in outside spending occurred in the last race for Wisconsin Supreme Court when Lisa Neubauer faced Brian Hagedorn.
Groups backing Karofsky include:
A Better Wisconsin Together Political Fund, $500,000 on digital ads;
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Wisconsin State Council, $178,700 on canvassing;
SEIU Committee on Political Education, about $5,460 on texting and digital ads;
Voces de la Frontera Action Inc., $140 on robocalls and digital ads;
Groups supporting Kelly include:
Americans for Prosperity, about $22,900 on canvassing and printing;
Wisconsin Family Action, $17,500 on postage.
In addition to the spending on Karofsky and Kelly, two groups – Voces de la Frontera and Tides Advocacy – spent about $10,300 on former candidate Ed Fallone. Fallone failed to make it through the Feb. 18 primary.
For more details about the groups, click on their names or visit the Democracy Campaign’s Hijacking Campaign 2020 feature.