Hijacking Campaign 2014

America's Political Action Committee

October 9, 2014

This is an Iowa-based 527 group created in 2002 to push Republican and conservative positions on economic, education, government spending, health care and social policies. The group makes direct contributions and spends money on outside electioneering activities to support Republican candidates for state and federal offices.

In a report in early October, an America's PAC spokesman said the group would spend up to $200,000 on radio ads in the Milwaukee area to urge African-American and Latino voters to support incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker in the November 4th general elections. The phony issue ads will not explicitly urge listeners to vote for Walker who faces Democrat Mary Burke.

Fundraising and spending reports filed by the 527 group with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service show it spent $156,260 on ads at three Milwaukee-area radio stations in 2014. The reports also show the group is funded by a handful of wealthy individuals from around the country, including two with ties to Wisconsin. Richard Uihlein, owner of the Uline Corporation in Pleasant Prairie, contributed $950,000, and Mary Kohler, vice president of Windway Capital in Sheboygan, contributed $40,000, between 2013 and June 2014.  Both of these contributors are longtime supporters of state and federal Republican candidates and conservative causes.