Hijacking Campaign 2016
Wisconsin Freedom Alliance
Posted: August 3, 2016
Updated: October 27, 2016
This new phony issue ad group sponsored outside electioneering activities that criticized GOP Senate candidates. Paperwork filed with the state Department of Financial Institutions show the Wisconsin Freedom Alliance was registered as a corporation in mid-July and that it has an office address located in an Appleton strip mall.
Television ad buy records show the alliance purchased nearly $151,000 worth of television time in the Green Bay television market between July 20 and Aug. 8 to air two ads – here and here – attacking Republican candidate Mark Elliott, who ended up losing in the Aug. 9 primary to Republican Dan Feyen in the 18th Senate District race. The ads accused Elliott of supporting some tax increases and claimed that he has been late in paying his property taxes. Feyen moved on to face Democrat Mark Harris for the open seat on the November ballot.
In late October, the alliance sponsored nearly identical 30-second television ads - here, here and here - against incumbent Republican Sens. Sheila Harsdorf, of River Falls, Tom Tiffany, of Hazelhurst, and Luther Olsen, of Ripon. The ads criticized the senators for voting to cut millions of dollars from health care programs for veterans, but supporting millions of dollars in state funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena in Milwaukee.