Hijacking Campaign 2018

For Our Future

Posted: March 7, 2018
Updated: October 19, 2018

Fall: OathSpending*
Special: OathSpending
Spring: OathSpending

This Washington D.C. group supports Democratic candidates for federal and state offices.  In Wisconsin, the group sponsors disclosed independent expenditures through a Super-PAC that must file reports with the state about how much it spends on its electioneering activities.

For Our Future was formed in 2016 by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer and national labor groups.  In Wisconsin, the group spent about $128,000 during the 2016 fall elections to back Democrats and oppose Republicans in eight legislative races.

Fall Election

Toward the end of June the group reported spending over $23,000 on brochures and website development as part of its campaign against the fall reelection of incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker. At the beginning of July it reported another $22,000 on canvassing activities. By the end of August it had reported spending over $58,000 in various campaign activities in opposition to the governor. About a week after Labor Day the group reported spending another $18,000 on the governor's race and a little over $6,000 supporting Democats in five Senate races. In mid-September it reported an additional $34,000 in those races.

At the end of September For Our Future reported spending over an additional $17,000 in the governor and attorney general races.

At the beginning of October it reported spending nearly $98,000 on state senate candidates and the governor's race. By mid-October it had reported spending over $285,000 on the fall elections.

Special Election

About a month before the special election in June to fill a vacancy in the 1st Senate District, the group first reported spending on behalf of the Democratic candidate and just before the Memorial Holiday weekend it reported spending in suppport of the Democratic candidate in the 42nd Assembly District special election begin held at the same time.

Supreme Court

The group first filed paperwork in late February showing spending on canvassing and online advertising to support Rebecca Dallet in the April 3 spring elections to fill an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Dallet, a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge, faces Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock.  Even though the election is billed as a nonpartisan contest, Dallet has drawn support from Democrats and Screnock has drawn support from GOP donors and the state Republican Party.  Go here to see the candidates’ most current fundraising and spending information, as well as their large contributors.

Last active election: 2016

*Please note that due to a bug in the system the oath and spending pages include activity in the June special elections. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to fix the problem.

This organization is an unregistered independent expenditure committee that is required to report any such spending done within 60 days of a primary or an election to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission per Chapter 11, Subchapter X of Wisconsin Statutes.