Hijacking Campaign 2012

WI League of Conservation Voters Independent Expenditure Committee

Posted: May 8, 2012
Updated: January 15, 2014

Fall: OathSpending
Recall: OathSpending

This corporation was created in 2011 by the league, a statewide environmental lobbying and advocacy group, to make independent expenditures on behalf of Democratic candidates in the 2011state senate recall elections, elections prompted by passage of Republican Governor Scott Walker's 2011 bill sharply restricting public employee collective bargaining rights. This corporation and the group's political action committee spent about $98,000 in the 2011 recall elections.

Fall Election

The league made independent expenditures on behalf of Democrats in the 51st Assembly District and Senate Districts 6, 18 and 30.

Recall Election

Two weeks before the June 2012 recall elections that targeted Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four GOP Senate seats, the corporation reported spending more than $88,000 on television ads against Walker and Republican Senators Van Wanggaard of Racine and Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls. The virtually identical 30-second television ads accused them of supporting generous tax breaks for corporations and wealthy individuals at the expense of state aid to public education. The corporation spent over $136,000 on the 2012 recall elections.

Last active election: Recall 2011

This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC as a corporation making independent disbursements.