The "We're Not Wisconsin" PAC
Word is that Nancy Pelosi will be raising funds for the Wisconsin recalls.. which fits the pattern of out-of-staters parachuting in to try to flip control of state government. In case you missed it, Media trackers is all over the new groups targeting your votes.
Just before the holiday weekend, the We Are Wisconsin PAC issued a press release announcing that after just six weeks, the organization had “over $4 million raised, $2 million on hand, operations in every WI Senate recall district, and a robust volunteer apparatus set to knock 100,000th door over the weekend.” Quite an impressive feat for an organization that prides itself on “the grassroots energy of ordinary Wisconsinites.”
So where is all this grassroots money coming from? Wisconsin?
No, the We Are Wisconsin PAC is a clearinghouse for national union dollars. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the PAC received over $3 million from the national AFL-CIO, as well as six-figure donations from AFSCME, United Food and Commercial Workers, and WEAC.
Look no further than the spokesman for the organization, Kelly Steele, to learn that We Are Wisconsin is no “grassroots campaign” but a well-funded union operation with support from the Democratic Party. Kelly Steele, a native Michigander, is a veteran of numerous Democratic campaigns in Oregon and Washington, gaining notoriety as the tenacious spokesman who liked to “push the envelope” for the Washington Democratic Party. Most recently, Steele worked on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s re-election campaign, where many credit his “cutthroat” style, “relentless” attacks, and “merciless and withering criticism,” with righting the ship for Reid and defining his opponents in a way they could not overcome.