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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:37 PM
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Leader Of Koch Front Group, A Former Walker Intern, Behind Ads Supporting David Prosser
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 03:58 PM by highplainsdem
Before clicking on any links for the Citizens for a Strong America website, please see reply 1 below.

From ThinkProgress: /

Leader Of Koch Front Group Is Behind Ads Supporting Wisconsin Justice David Prosser
By Ian Millhiser

As of last Friday, just three groups have spent nearly $1.4 million to keep Gov. Scott Walkers (R) ally David Prosser on the Wisconsin Supreme Court 40 percent more than Prossers opponents have spent to defeat him. Moreover, new evidence unearthed by the Center for Media and Democracy suggests that Prossers advantage comes from a familiar source. Nearly $400,000 of Justice Prossers support comes from Citizens for a Strong America (CSA), a group with close ties to the billionaire Koch brothers:

-snipping information on this from PRWatch, which I'll quote below-

Nor is CSA the only right-wing group fighting tooth and nail to keep Walkers ally on the court. After Prosser allowed corporate lobbyists from an organization called Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce to write the state supreme courts justice-for-sale ethics rules, WMC rewarded Prosser with nearly $600,000 in corporate-funded ads. The anti-tax advocacy group Club for Growth also kicked in over $400,000 for Prosser.

This is the article from PRWatch:

Group Called "Citizens for a Strong America" Operates out of a UPS Mail Drop but Runs Expensive Ads in Supreme Court Race?
Submitted by Lisa Graves on April 2, 2011 - 6:37pm

MADISON--A new special interest group has purchased an expensive TV ad campaign in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race but operates out of a UPS store. The self-named "Citizens for a Strong America" (CSA) advertises its address as "834 Park Avenue #306" in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, but this address is nothing more than a box at a UPS Store. The TV ad campaign attacks Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg for an ad that was not created by her campaign. The ad CSA is complaining about argues that Supreme Court candidate Justice David Prosser failed to prosecute a priest who young boys said had molested them. (CMD does not endorse or oppose either candidate; CMD reports on front groups, PR campaigns, and spin, with a particular focus on corporate-funded spin.)


Who Are the "Citizens for a Strong America," Besides a Well-Funded Postal Box?

This mysterious group lists no information about its leaders, employees, or funders on its website, Its website is basically just a brochure. Its contact information is not the kind typically used by a public interest organization; it is just gmail: . Its phone number, 608-831-2974, rings to a voicemail box, which is full.


Updated! CSA Linked to Office and Staff of David Koch's "Americans for Prosperity," Tea Party Backers

In a review of internet filings, the Center has learned that even though Citizens for a Strong America lists no staff on its website, its website name was purchased by John W. Connors of Milwaukee, who has been a leader of "Americans for Prosperity," a right-wing group chaired by oil billionaire David Koch. On the domain registration through "Go Daddy!," the holder of the web address listed is for Connors and the business address is listed as 1126 S 70th Street, Suite S420, in Milwaukee, along with a gmail address. (After this story broke, the contact information was changed from, along with the street address and his home number, to a proxy registration service. Despite the effort to destroy this history, the Center and other groups have screenshots of how Go Daddy! and other evidence in this story looked before the changes were made; these links were also noted in a TV news story for the local CNS affiliate before they were removed. The Center exercised editorial discretion to not post Connors' home telephone number associated with the domain registration as part of the initial story.)

That street address is also the street address for Americans for Prosperity in Wisconsin.

And that same street address has been used for "Campaign Now," a group also registered to Connors. Campaign Now uses the phone number that AFP used to register people who wanted to be on the Koch-funded buses going to the Wisconsin capitol.

More on Connors:

During college, Connors interned for Walker and worked on his campaign. As of 2008, Connors was also listed as AFP's "Students for Prosperity Director." He is a recent graduate of Marquette University who was president of the university's College Republicans chapter, and in that role suggested that TV ads would not be an effective way to reach voters in the future. He has also been tweeting AFP events in recent months.

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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:47 PM
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1. citizens for a strong america tracks everyone who goes to their site
i was tracked to my hometown,google pages ,and another site.
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:54 PM
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2. Thanks! I'll edit the OP to direct people to your reply.
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:43 PM
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3. Horicon is 8 miles east of Beaver Dam, home of the Fitzgeralds... THE PLOT THICKENS!
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 04:44 PM by Ellipsis
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is from Juneau and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald is from Horicon.

Daddy Fitzgerald was recently defeated in a bitter Sheriff's primary race there as well before being appointed to head the State Patrol.

There's not much in Beaver Dam (Except a huge Wall Mart distribution center). The airport and county seat are in Juneau.

What the Hell is Going on ?

Follow the money this significant.

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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:47 PM
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4. kick
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:14 PM
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5. again
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