More Dem operatives involved in Milwaukee’s ‘nonpartisan’ GOTV scheme

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — We now know who the mysterious “G.” is in Milwaukee’s get-out-the-vote scandal.

Last week, text messages obtained in an open records request further showed Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Claire-Woodall Vogg organizing the so-called “Milwaukee Votes 2022.” As Empower Wisconsin has reported, the suspect GOTV campaign is being funded by liberal activist groups and driven by Dem operatives.

  1. is no exception.

“Hi Mayor, talked to G. about our desire to continue with the coalition but with community orgs receiving the funding. It was not well-received by the Center for Secure and Modern Elections (CSME),” Woodall-Vogg wrote in a June 17 text to Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson.

Multiple sources tell Empower Wisconsin that G. is Milwaukee’s G. Strategies, a liberal fundraising firm run by long-time Democrat operative Patrick Guarasci.

Guarasci previously was a political advisor former longtime Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Gov. Jim Doyle, both highly partisan Democrats. He boasts on his web page about working with radical leftist Stacey Abrams in her failed run for Georgia governor in 2018. He also led the national fundraising campaign for Randy “IronStache” Bryce in said union thug’s failed congressional race and he “worked closely with US Senator Tammy Baldwin and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin on their national fundraising efforts to pay for voter engagement in Wisconsin.”

That last line should raise some alarm bells.

Previous records showed long-time Dem operative Sachin Chheda orchestrating the GOTV campaign from behind the scenes — apparently pulling the strings in the Milwaukee Mayor’s office.

Also tied into the “nonpartisan” effort is Melissa Baldauff, Gov. Tony Evers’ former comms director and principal with GPS Impact, a marketing outfit that boasts it has helped “Democrats, progressive organizations and initiatives, and elected officials win in red states.”

As Empower Wisconsin first reported, texts show Chheda calling the shots, setting up meetings at City Hall — in the Election Commission office — and talking about coordinating with the mayor’s office.

While the mayor and his staff, under the direction of Chheda, have said Milwaukee is not receiving any private funding for the effort, the city is coordinating with left-wing groups (using city resources) in what looks like an expensive effort to influence the outcome of November’s election. And, based on Woodall-Vogg’s texts, there was an effort to have the city receive private election funding, just as it had in the highly suspect CTCL grants of 2020 — funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Guarasci did not return a request for comment.

State Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls), who obtained communications from city officials through an open records request, said concerning details surrounding Milwaukee’s GOTV drive continue to emerge.

“Your information finding out G. Strategies is now involved in the Milwaukee GOTV effort show that the Republican Party is long overdue for putting together a lawsuit to stop these nonprofits from abusing their funding,” Brandtjen, chairwoman of the Assembly Campaign and Elections Committee, told Empower Wisconsin. “Now is the time for a call to action.”

Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 13, 2022

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