Chris Abele-funded group is pouring nearly $1,000,000 into campaigns to reshape Milwaukee County Board

Here's a link to the full video from the Earl Ingram Show on March 26th featuring League of Progressive Seniors leader, Karen Royster. Take a listen and you'll understand why we're so focused on the issue of big money in our local county board elections.

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Our local democracy is under attack. County Executive Chris Abele is using his vast wealth to undermine our local election process. Since January 1, 2018, he has poured $379,486.84 into campaigns to unseat four County Board Supervisors who have opposed him on County budget and policy issues including the wheel tax, pay to park, senior center and emergency shelter funding.

Abele is using a sham organization called Leadership MKE to hide how much money he personally is throwing at these campaigns. Nearly all of the money spent has gone to out of state printing, advertising, and mailing firms. Thanks to the WI Campaign Finance Information System, we know exactly where the dollars are going!

Supervisor campaigns typically cost $5,000 to $25,000. In the four campaigns targeted, Abele has spent an average of $94,871.71 so far! Chris Abele is trying to BUY a County Board that will always agree with him. It's time to say NO to big money in local elections. Tell Chris Abele to keep his millions out of our elections!

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Photos from the rally on March 28th

Normally County Board elections are not a major event.
This year things are different.

County Executive Abele got frustrated when County Supervisors opposed his budget. Abele wants what he wants and gets rid of those who disagree.  He set up Leadership MKE to bankroll candidates running  against the County Supervisors who disagreed. Leadership MKE/Abele hired canvassers, printed materials, ran social media and campaign activities against his “enemy’s list.”  And the contracts went to out-of-state businesses.    
Which Board Members is Abele paying big bucks to get rid of?
$94,940.24 to Casey Shorts campaign to oust
Theo Lipscomb - current County Board Chair
$52,345.98 to Sylvia Ortiz Velez
campaign to oust
Peggy West - Board Finance Committee Chair
$116,056.00 to Patti Logsdon campaign
to beat
Steve Taylor - the Board's 2nd Vice-Chairperson
$116,144.62 to James Davies
campaign to stop
Steven Shea - local progressive
$10,000.00 to Felicia Martin

$64,856.67 for other campaign research and expenses

Total - $454,343.51
If County Executive Abele buys our County governance system, he makes all the decisions. If he owns the County Board, community groups who oppose him have nowhere to go and no one to stand up for them.

This is NOT what democracy looks like!
Don't forget to vote April 3rd!


League of Progressive Seniors marched with thousands of fellow Milwaukeeans - all of us saying #Enough. We marched for our lives, but mostly we marched for theirs. Our kids and grandkids.