David Koch’s right-wing front group Americans for Prosperity has been particularly active in Wisconsin, where AFP has run hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ads boosting Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), mobilized GOTV efforts for Republican voters, and helped large employers conduct captive meetings to coerce workers into supporting conservative politicians. Now, Politico is reporting that AFP has mailed absentee ballots to Democrats in at least two Wisconsin state Senate recall districts with instructions to return the paperwork after the election date. The mailers, obtained by reporter David Catanese, instruct reliable Democratic voters to return ballots for the Aug. 9 election to the city clerk “before Aug. 11.” “These are people who are our 1’s in the voterfile who we already knew. They ain’t AFP members, that’s for damn sure,” a Democratic campaign worker told Politico.
The mailer is not an absentee ballot. Rather, it is an AFP form letter that looks like a normal absentee ballot application. The “Absentee Ballot Application Processing Center” P.O. Box listed on the last page of the mailer is registered to the Wisconsin Family Action PAC, a right-wing advocacy group, not an election board or actual absentee ballot processing center for the state of Wisconsin. (HT:Reddit user Niehaus)