Tiffany Coordinating Campaigns Ads with School Voucher Group Under Investigation

Oct 30, 2008

Tiffany Now Trying to Hide his Shady Campaign Connections

MADISON – Republican State Senate Candidate Tom Tiffany’s latest round of attacks against his opponent are occurring at the same time that the Michigan based, pro-Milwaukee Private School voucher group “All Children Matter” is spending $50,000 to thank Tiffany for his support by attacking Democrat Jim Holperin.

All Children Matter, which was fined over $5.2 million after the 2006 election for illegal campaign activity in Ohio, is now spending $50,000 on negative ads designed to help Tiffany’s campaign. Additional donations have also been made directly to Tiffany’s campaign by All Children Matter’s Donors totally over $6,000.

“While Tom Tiffany is busy hurling another round of baseless attacks against his opponent, Tiffany’s friends at the pro-school voucher group All Children Matter are busy sending him thousand dollar thank you notes for his strong support of sending tax dollars to private schools in Milwaukee,” said Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. 

“The fact that this group, which has a long history of illegal activity, is dumping money into this race tells voters everything they need to know about Tiffany’s real motives,” said Wineke.

All Children Matter was founded by a group of Michigan millionaires who favor using public tax-dollars to fund private schools. The group has purchased more than $50,000 in television ads attacking Tiffany’s opponent Jim Holperin, a strong supporter of public schools.  

“Maybe the real issue here is that Tom Tiffany is trying to distract voters from his long list of campaign finance violations,” said Wineke. “I’m sure he’d rather not have voters reminded that his campaign has been fined three times since 2004 by the State Elections Board.”

According to the Government Accountability Board (formerly the State Elections Board) Tiffany has been fined three times since 2004. In 2007 he was fined for illegally accepting too much Political Action Committee money. In 2004, Tiffany was fined twice, once for failing to file several required campaign finance forms, and again that year for failing to disclose corporate contributions.