Hijacking Campaign 2018

A Stronger Wisconsin

Posted: August 23, 2018
Updated: October 5, 2018


This is a phony issue ad group formed by the Democratic Governors Association, which raises and spends money to support Democratic candidates for governor around the country.

In the past, the Democratic Governors Association has directly spent very little on races for governor – only about $36,000 through a different committee during the 2012 attempt to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.  Instead, the group has opted to funnel most of its electioneering cash through other outside groups, like the Greater Wisconsin Committee.

The group started to release television ads in late August.  One ad condemns Republican Gov. Scott Walker for cutting state funding to education, health care, and roads.  The ad also says Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers worked with Republican and Democratic lawmakers to change a law to make it easier to pull state teacher licenses for misconduct. 

Another ad applauds Evers career in education.  Evers has been elected to three four-year terms as state school superintendent. 

A third ad accused Walker of playing politics and letting the state's roads, education, and health care systems languish.

The group also sponsored digital ads that hammered Walker on the same three topics - roads, education, and health care.

A fourth ad launched in mid-September features a woman who says she will not be able to afford her cancer treatments if Walker allows insurance companies to drop required coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

A fifth ad sponsored in late September accused Walker of turning down federal money to expand the state Medicaid program during his first term because accepting it would have hurt his short-lived, 2016 GOP presidential bid.

A sixth ad in early October characterized Evers as a life-long educator who tried to improve education and Walker as a politician who cut state aide to public schools in order to further his presidential ambitions in 2016.

Between January 2010 and June 2018, more than 200 Wisconsin individuals and businesses have contributed nearly $862,000 to the Democratic Governors Association, which operates as a 527 group that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on elections from any source. 

The top Wisconsin contributors to the Democratic Governors Association are:

Johnson Controls, of Milwaukee, $480,360

American Transmission Co., of Waukesha, $75,350

EMM Holdings LLC, of Milwaukee, $50,000