Hijacking Campaign 2013

American Federation for Children Action Fund IE Committee Inc

Posted: October 10, 2013
Updated: April 25, 2014

Special election: OathSpending

This corporation was created by the American Federation for Children, a Washington D.C.-based school voucher group, to make independent expenditures in Wisconsin elections.  The corporation reported spending nearly $345,000 on independent expenditures in the fall 2012 legislative elections, but that's only a fraction of the group's total spending on outside electioneering activities since it first appeared during Wisconsin's 2010 general elections.  All told the group has doled out an estimated $4.4 million on independent expenditures and phony issue ads since 2010. 

The American Federation for Children reported spending over $110,000 on online advertising, mailings (see here, here, here, here and here for examples, all from the 69th Assembly District) and robocalls to support Republican candidates Jessie Rodriguez in the 21st Assembly District, Alanna Feddick in the Assembly 69th District and Stephanie Mares in the 82nd Assembly District. Only Rodriguez won her election; the other two lost in the primaries to the eventual winners of their respective races.

For more background see our Big Money Blog.

There is also an affiliate corporation called the American Federation for Children Action Fund Inc.

Last active election: 2012

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.