Hijacking Campaign 2014

American Federation for Children Action Fund IE Committee Inc

Posted: July 30, 2014
Updated: May 24, 2017

OathSpending

This committee 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 started doing them during Wisconsin's 2010 general elections. All told the group has doled out an estimated $4.5 million on independent expenditures and phony issue ads since 2010.

The group spent over $850,000 to pay for mailings (example), radio and online advertising in support of Republican candidates in eight Assembly districts and one Senate race. The group successfully supported one Democrat, long-time Milwaukee legislator Leon Young, against a primary challenger.

The group also runs a second corporation called the American Federation for Children Action Fund Inc. that makes independent expenditures.

Last active election: 2013

This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board as an independent disbursement committee following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.