Hijacking Recall 2012

National Rifle Association of America

Posted: May 2, 2012
Updated: January 15, 2014

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The Virginia-based National Rifle Association is the nation's largest pro-gun advocacy and lobbying group and its political action committee - the NRA Victory Fund - spent $1.1 million on outside electioneering in Wisconsin between 2000 and 2011.

The NRA first registered this corporation with Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board in April 2012 in order to make independent expenditures supporting Republican Governor Scott Walker in a June 5 recall election.  Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four GOP Senate seats faced recalls because of the governor's successful effort last year to restrict public employee collective bargaining rights.

Among the group's outside electioneering activities was a 30-second television ad and a 60-second radio ad that said hunters and other gun enthusiasts could not trust Walker's recall opponent, Democratic candidate Tom Barrett, on gun issues because Barrett voted to restrict the sale and availability of numerous kinds of firearms as a former congressman and as the current mayor of Milwaukee.

Its PAC, NRA Victory Fund, was also involved in the recall elections.

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.