Minimum Wage Campaign 2005
In the spring of 2005, Greater Wisconsin Committee organized a grassroots lobbying campaign in support of increasing the minimum wage. We focused our efforts on four senators who we believed were persuadable on this issue.
Our campaign included radio ads in the target areas supplemented by auto calls made in the districts. The calls encouraged constituents to call their senators and ask them to support raising the minimum wage; a direct patch-through option was offered. Over 40,000 contacts were made and approximately 500 patch-through calls were placed into each of the four legislator’s offices.
The legislature later dropped its objection, and minimum wage was increased.
Lead Paint Liability Campaign 2005
In fall of 2005, the legislature passed a bill to protect manufacturers of lead paint from lawsuits brought by the victims of lead paint ingestion. Greater Wisconsin Committee was able to quickly put together a two week statewide radio campaign urging constituents to contact Governor Doyle and asked him to veto the bill.
The Governor vetoed the legislation.
Anti-Concealed Weapons Campaign 2006
In January 2006, the state legislature passed a bill that would allow concealed weapons to be carried in many public places. Once again the only way to prevent this bill from becoming law was Governor Doyle’s veto. After the Governor vetoed the bill, the state Senate overrode the veto, leaving the final decision in the hands of the state Assembly.
The Greater Wisconsin Committee ran a telephone campaign into the districts of the two representatives who were undecided on their votes. We used live professional phoners to place calls into these districts and offer to connect citizens directly with their representative’s Capitol offices.
In less than 24 hours, we were able to generate approximately 100 calls into each of the legislative offices.
The Assembly failed to override the veto. One of the state representatives who cast the deciding vote said he made his final decision by tallying the number of contacts, pro and con, that came into his office.