Hijacking Campaign 2018

Greater Wisconsin Committee

Posted: March 26, 2018
Updated: September 5, 2018

This is the phony issue ad arm of the Greater Wisconsin Committee, which is mostly funded by labor unions and ideological groups to support Democratic and left-leaning candidates for local, legislative, and statewide offices.

In addition to undisclosed issue ad spending, Greater Wisconsin also uses a 527 group to raise money, and a corporation and a political action committee to make independent expenditures, which are electioneering messages that directly tell viewers how to vote. All told, the four entities operated by Greater Wisconsin spent an estimated $30.5 million since January 2010 statewide and legislative elections.

Fall Election

A review of television ad buys by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign found the group reserved about $2.5 million in advertising time around the state in the three weeks leading up to the Nov. 5 general election.

Supreme Court

Earlier, about a week before the 2018 spring elections, the Greater Wisconsin Committee sponsored two 30-second television ads  30-second television ad that criticized conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Michael Screnock.  One ad - here - went after Screnock for not supporting court rules that would prohibit a judge from sitting on cases involving large campaign contributors and special interest groups that spend money on outside electioneering activities to help elect the judge.  The second ad - here - said Screnock had extremist views on abortion and noted that he was arrested for participating in anti-abortion protests in the late 1980s.

Screnock, a Sauk County circuit judge, faced Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet for a 10-year seat on the high court.  Dallet won the Arpril 3rd election.

The organization's independent expenditure committee was also active the Wisconsin Supreme Court election and was involved in the 2018 special election for the 10th Senate District.

Last active election: 2016