Big Labor, Big Bucks in High Stakes Wisconsin Recalls

Think the Wisconsin Teachers’ union is worried that Wisconsin’s new labor law will lead to a dramatic decline in union membership? They’re going all in on the August recall campaigns, spending nearly a half million dollars in just one day. For radio ads only. In Wisconsin. Clearly, for now, they have a lot of money to burn. They’re not going to go down without a fight.

[Madison, Wisc…] WEAC, Wisconsin’s largest teachers’union, spent nearly a half million dollars in one day on behalf of Democratic candidates through their political aciton committee, the MacIver News Service has learned.

According to records on file at the Wisconsin Governement Accountability Board, on July 22 WEAC PAC spent $424,000 on a radio ad buy to support two Democrat State Senators being recalled, and five Democrat candidates who are challenging Republican incumbent Senators.

Top beneficiaries of the WEAC independent disbursements include Sandy Pasch, $92,930, Bob Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie), $87,670, and Fred Clark $74,704. Pasch is running agains GOP Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills). Clark, a State Representative from Baraboo, is challenging Luther Olsen (R-Berlin).

WEAC also supported Shelly Moore with a $60,026 radio buy. As MacIver previously reported, Shelly Moore is a teachers’ union operative whose Menomonie campaign office is located in the West Central Education Association Office building. The WCEA is the one of the Wisconsin branches of WEAC.

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