"That's not solicited help. I am happy to accept help and support from anyone."Campaign coordination was illegal once, until the State Supreme Court legislated from the bench and rewrote that law. Now, independent dark money groups can work with candidates, allowing unlimited amounts of anonymous money to do the candidates talking. Of course, Bradley can disagree with the groups message, while still getting mileage from it, and denying cooridination. WPR:
A conservative political action group, Wisconsin Alliance for Reform, is running an online issue ad in support of Justice Rebecca Bradley's Wisconsin Supreme Court bid using film footage shot by the Bradley campaign. It uses footage the Bradley campaign uploaded more than a week ago of the justice talking with police officers and other judges.So I edited the Bradley campaigns stock "candid" footage of her acting judicial, to prove there is coordination. And that if she's willing to lie about this...seriously folks.
The identical footage suggests Bradley's campaign is coordinating with the Alliance.
However, both the campaign and the Alliance deny they're working together.
Notice the music beds are identical, with the Wisconsin Alliance for Reform ad featuring full orchestration, and the campaign footage featuring just a piano (you can hear faintly in the background):
I love the line: "Tell Rebecca Bradley you believe in a fair and independent judiciary." That's not "expressly advocating" a vote for Bradley, just good advice Bradley would be happy to hear over and over. We're not dumb, but they assume we are.
And the money behind the coordination is big. Before you know it, Bradley will be a household name:
The Alliance for Reform has pledged to spend more than $400,000 in the Supreme Court race. On its website, the alliance calls itself a "coalition of concerned citizens and community leaders committed to creating greater economic opportunities for Wisconsin families."
So far, no outside groups on the liberal side of the Supreme Court race have weighed in. The Greater Wisconsin Political Fund is a liberal issue ad group that spent heavily in support of Joanne Kloppenburg in her failed 2011 effort to win a seat on the high court. The group has not run any ads for or against her in this current race.