Empower Wisconsin | March 30, 2022
Amid lingering concerns about Green Bay’s handling of the 2020 presidential election, a national conservative Super PAC is taking the unusual step of launching a TV ad on Green Bay’s city council race.
The 30 second spot, “Betrayed in Green Bay,” from Restoration PAC, dropped Tuesday, a week before the April 5 election. It highlights “the unprecedented hijacking of the 2020 election by outside Mark Zuckerberg money and Democrat operatives,” according to the group’s press release.
As Wisconsin Spotlight has reported through a series of investigations, Green Bay was one of the so-called “WI-5,” the state’s five largest cities under Democrat control that received the lion’s share of election administration grants from liberal activist groups funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
In addition to the TV ad, Restoration PAC is spending more than $25,000 on digital and mail in the council race, where 10 seats are up for grabs, according to the Super PAC.
“This shameful abdication of responsibility by the Green Bay mayor and city council is unprecedented in American history and requires accountability,” Restoration PAC Founder and President Doug Truax. “We aren’t going to let it slide.”
The city of Green Bay accepted more than $1.5 million from the Zuckerberg-funded Center for Tech and Civic Life. The contract bound the city to follow several conditions or it would have to forfeit the grant funding. Several lawsuits allege the agreements were illegal under state election law.
Green Bay’s election clerk resigned after expressing concern about the activists’ involvement in the election, and Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno notified the Wisconsin Elections Commission shortly after the 2020 election about her concerns. She said Green Bay’s central ballot count was, “tainted by the influence of a person working for an outside organization affecting the election.”
The ad claims:
Free and fair elections are the Wisconsin way. Green Bay’s leaders changed all that.
They let partisan outsiders take control of the 2020 election operations…
granting free access to restricted election offices, access to the absentee ballot room, and computer access to ballots on election night.
Green Bay mayor Eric Genrich and the City Council allowed this.
Let them know April 5th that they betrayed our trust.
Watch the ad here.