Citizens for a Strong America
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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.
Citizens for a Strong America is a non-profit group that says it is "a diverse coalition of concerned citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders." The Center for Media and Democracy, which publishes SourceWatch, discovered that this group was created in August 2010 and operates out of a UPS mail drop box but is running expensive ads in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race. As PRWatch.org documented, CSA's website lists no employees, board members, or funders and an examination of its domain registration disclosed that it was registered to the same street address and building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the controversial David Koch-led group "Americans for Prosperity" (AFP) by John W. Connors who is elsewhere listed as a leader of AFP. AFP has held conventions described as events for "Tea Party" activists, as documented by the Center for Media and Democracy. Koch has provided the funding for ad campaigns that helped controversial governor Scott Walker and others win office in the 2010 elections, and AFP also funded a multi-million dollar "issue" ad campaign on those elections.
Controversy Surrounding CSA
The group's website has a street address, but the Center for Media and Democracy discovered that the organization's listed address is a UPS box in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. PRWatch also contacted the phone number on the website and the voicemail was full, and contacted the phone number on the domain registration and reached Connors' home.  A local television news station, WFRV, found that the phone number on the website goes to a phone number located a couple of hours from Beaver Dam, but near the Wisconsin capitol in Middleton, Wisconsin.
The group is running ads in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election and the issue ads in essence attack the opponent of controversial Supreme Court Justice David T. Prosser, Jr.: Department of Justice Attorney JoAnne Kloppenburg.
Citizens for a Strong America does not reveal its funders on its website.
Citizens for a Strong America
834 Park Avenue #306
Beaver Dam, WI 53916-2206
Phone: (608) 831-2974
- ↑ Citizens for a Strong America About, organizational web page, accessed April 3, 2011
- ↑ Lisa Graves, Group Called "Citizens for a Strong America" Operates out of a UPS Mail Drop but Runs Expensive Ads in Supreme Court Race?. PRWatch.org, April 2, 2011
- ↑ Madison Who's Who VIP Member Biography, John W. Connors, business listing, accessed April 4, 2011
- ↑ Lisa Graves, A CMD Special Report: Scott Walker Runs on Koch Money, PRWatch.org, February 19, 2011
- ↑ Lisa Graves, Group Called "Citizens for a Strong America" Operates out of a UPS Mail Drop but Runs Expensive Ads in Supreme Court Race? PRWatch.org, April 2, 2011
- ↑ WFRV News (Channel 5) Ad Wars in state Supreme Court Race, WFRV television news, April 2, 2011
- ↑ Bill Leuders David Prosser waffles on vow to denounce dishonest ads in Wisconsin Supreme Court race, The Isthmus, April 1, 2011
- ↑ Citizens for a Strong America Contact, organizational web page, accessed April 3, 2011