Record Outside Group Spending for Underly
A record $1.02 million spent on state superintendent race, 80% of it by liberal groups.
Outside election spending by special interest groups in this spring’s race for state school superintendent topped $1 million – a record, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign preliminary review found.
Eight outside groups spent $1.02 million in the race, which sharply surpassed the previous record of $693,722 in the 2009 contest for state school superintendent.
Six groups supported Underly or opposed Kerr and spent about $810,460. That was nearly four times more than the $214,000 that two groups spent to back Kerr or oppose Underly.
The groups that backed Underly or opposed Kerr were:
A Better Wisconsin Together, which spent $780,210 on digital, cable, and broadcast television ads,
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, which spent $16,606 on online ads, text messages and robocalls,
Blue Sky Waukesha, which spent $10,976 on mailings,
Wisconsin Muslim Civic Alliance, which spent $1,600 on digital ads to support Underly,
Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), which spent $955 on robocalls,
WEAC Region 7 PAC, which spent $111 on mailings.
The groups that supported Kerr or opposed Underly in the race were: