Hijacking Campaign 2014

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Independent Expenditure Committee

Posted: September 15, 2014
Updated: February 3, 2015


This is a corporation created in 2011 by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, a statewide environmental advocacy, lobbying and education group, to make independent expenditures on behalf of mostly Democratic candidates in statewide and legislative elections.  The corporation spent $239,101 in the the 2011 recall and the 2012 recall and fall elections on outside electioneering activities.  In addition, the group's state political action committee spent $346,412 on independent expenditures in statewide and legislative elections between 2002 and 2012.

The league announced in early October that it would spend $1 million on an advertising campaign about incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker's record on environmental laws and regulation.  The group released two ads - here and here - that accused Walker of weakening environmental laws and threatening public health to benefit an out-of-state company that wants to dig a large, open-pit iron mine in northern Wisconsin after the company secretly contributed $700,000 to an outside electioneering group that helped the governor win his 2012 recall election.

In addition, the corporation may also engage in electioneering activities in a half dozen legislative races, including two contests where it intends to support Republican candidates.

Last active election: 2012

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.