Wisconsin Progress was founded in its current form in 2009. Prior to that, it was associated with Progressive Majority, a national organization with the same goal.
That goal is not to just get Democrats elected; it's to get specific Democrats elected — the liberal kind. The privately funded organization backs politicians who strongly support environmental protections, abortion rights, labor unions and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
"If there are 10 Democrats elected, we want seven of them to be ours," Spector said.
The organization is not the only of its kind in the state. For example, Emerge Wisconsin, which has 27 candidates running for office in the fall, is dedicated to getting more Democratic women elected