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Wisconsin Takes Action, which favors Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Judge Janet Protasiewicz in the April 4, 2023 election, is offering people “up to $250+ for your time talking to your friends and family about voting” in the election.

The group’s website says people will be paid for contacting 75 people “several times over the next few weeks to share information about voting — polling place information, candidate information, etc.”

The website doesn’t mention Protasiewicz, but says it’s “ready for a progressive majority” on the high court. Protasiewicz is the liberal candidate.

The Wisconsin Republican Party filed a complaint March 2 with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, alleging that Wisconsin Takes Action has spent more than $2,500 to support Protasiewicz but failed to register with the state.

State law says political action committees that spend more than $2,500 in a calendar year to support or oppose a candidate must register.

This Fact Brief is responsive to conversations such as this one.


Wisconsin Takes Action: Wisconsin Takes Action

Wisconsin Takes Action: Tweet in support of Janet Protasiewicz

Republican Party of Wisconsin: RPW Files Complaint with Wisconsin Ethics Commission Against Wisconsin Takes Action & Organizing Empowerment PAC

Republican Party of Wisconsin: The complaint of Jordan Moskowitz

Wisconsin State Legislature: Wisconsin Legislature: 11.0502(1)

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Tom Kertscher joined as a Wisconsin Watch fact checker in January 2023 and contributes to our collaboration with the The Gigafact Project to fight misinformation online. Kertscher is a former longtime newspaper reporter, including at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who has worked as a self-employed journalist since 2019. His gigs include contributing writer for PolitiFact and sports freelancer for The Associated Press.