Recently the “Jobs First Coalition,” a dark money organization, sent out a nasty mailer attacking Democrat Dana Duncan, who’s running to unseat incumbent Republican State Rep. Scott “CAFO” Krug in the 72nd Assembly district. Because the Jobs First Coalition is registered as a 501(c)4, its funding sources don’t need to be publicly disclosed, but as noted by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the Jobs First Coalition has received at least some of its funding from tobacco giant Reynolds American – to the tune of $60,000 in 2013.
Here’s a copy of the mailer in question.
According to its website, the Jobs First Coalition is “devoted to making the creation and retention of family-supporting jobs the top priority of government and community leaders in Wisconsin,” but for a group that is “devoted to making the creation and retention of family-supporting jobs the top priority of government” it seems to do very little to advocate for the creation and retention of family-supporting jobs. Instead, the group seems to be spending a lot of time attacking Democrats on a host of issues not at all related to job creation, just as it did in 2010 and 2013.
I attempted to contact Bob Reddin, the registered agent for the Jobs First Coalition, to hear his explanation for why a group focused on jobs spends so much time attacking Democrats on issues not related to jobs, but I have yet to hear back from him.