We are WHO?
August 3, 2011
We mentioned that the Left is well-financed. And if you own a radio or TV, you’ve heard of something called We Are Wisconsin. As we’ve said here before, a more honest name would be “We aren’t Wisconsin,” and now this has been abundantly confirmed.
Late July brought acknowledgement that Barack Obama’s Organizing for America has been providing foot soldiers for the Wisconsin recall campaigns, after previously helping to orchestrate the February protests against collective bargaining changes.
But the Obama campaign is a bit player in this summer’s political drama. Public records—which always lag behind current reality—show that through just four weeks in May and June, the national AFL-CIO poured more than $3 million into We Are Wisconsin, hoping to seize control of the State Senate.
People actually from Wisconsin are junior partners. The Wisconsin arm of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) chipped in with a little less than $14,000 as an in-kind contribution during the same legal reporting period.
Back at the national level, the liberal activist EMILY’S List spent more than a quarter-million dollars last month saturating two western Wisconsin state senate districts with TV ads aimed at taking down their Republican incumbents.
According to WisPolitics, EMILY’S List acknowledges that among other things, its recall activity is a warm-up for the push to send Madison Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate next year to succeed the retiring Herb Kohl. If you thought Kohl was too liberal, just wait.
And if you suspected We Are Wisconsin has nothing to do with Wisconsin—except to punish Wisconsin legislators who stand up to government union bosses—now you have proof.