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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

 12:28 PM 

Walker again slams Burke on outsourcing in new TV ad

Gov. Scott Walker's latest TV ad again slams Dem rival Mary Burke over outsourcing by Trek Bicycles.

The spot opens with the narrator saying Burke has been "trying to sell us on her experience at her family business." The narrator adds Burke "forgot to mention that they make 99 percent over their bikes overseas, in places like China, where her company has outsourced jobs for years."

"Yet while Burke’s company makes almost all their bikes overseas, taxpayers have had to foot the bill to retrain the Wisconsin workers who lost their jobs here," the narrator says.

The narrator closes the spot by saying, "Mary Burke. Job creator? Not so much."

It's the second straight ad from Walker's campaign that accuses Burke of outsourcing jobs while at Trek and the fourth straight negative ad from the guv since he went back on the air in June.

-- By JR Ross

 11:30 AM 

Walker reports spending more than $320,000 on defense attorneys

Gov. Scott Walker's campaign spent nearly $321,000 on defense attorneys during the first half of 2014 as prosecutors pursued a John Doe probe alleging his campaign and conservative groups coordinated during the recall elections.

According to Walker's latest campaign finance report filed late yesterday, Walker's campaign paid $212,884 to the law firm of Sidley Austin in Chicago, $83,079 to Biskupic & Jacobs in Milwaukee and $25,000 to Michael Steinle in Milwaukee.

The expenses were all listed as "legal fees-compliance" on his report.

A federal judge has ordered a halt to the John Doe probe -- a decision now under appeal.

The latest outlay to defense attorneys is on top of prior legal expenses Walker reported to deal with an earlier John Doe probe.

Walker closed a legal defense fund last year he used to cover costs associated with that investigation, which ensnared former aides and associates while he was Milwaukee County exec. He transferred $447,602 from his campaign fund to that account and sent another $200,000 to Michael Best & Friedrich for "legal compliance."

Walker's filing with the GAB also shows he raised almost $4.6 million from out-of-state donors during the period, more than half of the almost $8.3 million he pulled in overall.

That includes more than 31,000 individual contributions from out-of-state donors.

Walker's campaign touted that 76 percent of the 65,000 contributions he received overall for the period were $75 or less.

Still, 106 donors gave him the maximum contribution of $10,000, netting him more than $1 million.

Those hitting the max contribution included: casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a major GOP donor; Michael Bidwill, president of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals; real estate mogul Donald Trump; and oil magnate Boone Pickens.

Dem rival Mary Burke collected 20 donations from those who gave her the maximum, according to her report.

That includes her brother John Burke, president of Trek Bicycle; Milwaukee County Exec Chris Abele and his wife, Miriam; and UW Regent and Madison attorney David Walsh.

Burke collected 22,469 donations from out-of-state donors totaling $1.1 million, a little less than one-third of the $3.6 million she raised for the six-month period.

-- By Staff

 9:30 AM 

Kramer paid $10,000 in legal fees during first half of year

Former Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer reported paying $10,000 in legal fees to the firm that partially represented him in his sexual assault case.

In his July campaign finance report, Kramer reported two $5,000 payments to Gatzke and Ruppelt SC in late March and early June. Attorney James Gatzke initially represented Kramer following his arrest by Muskego police, but Kramer has been represented in court by Eduardo Borda of Magner, Hueneke, Smith & Borda. Gatzke has a pending complaint against him from the Office of Lawyer Regulation.

The report also showed that two Assembly GOP campaigns returned contributions from Kramer's campaign. The campaigns of Reps. Robert Kulp and Jessie Rodriguez both returned $500 each in contributions in early February, a month before sexual harassment claims led Republicans to remove Kramer from his majority leader post.

-- By Staff

Friday, July 18, 2014

 8:21 AM 

Burke TV ad slams 'outrageous attack' on Trek

Dem guv candidate Mary Burke’s campaign is out with a new TV ad calling a recent Walker spot a “fairytale” and an “outrageous attack on a great Wisconsin company.”

"The real story? Mary Burke helped build Trek into a company where almost a thousand Wisconsin people go to work every day, making more bikes in the U.S. than anyone," an announcer says in the ad.

Walker's spot, unveiled Wednesday, features a woman reading a book to two children, which says Mary Burke made "millions by sending jobs overseas that could have been done in Wisconsin." The spot does not mention Trek, but one page of the book shows a cartoon of a factory with bikes outside.

The announcer in the Burke ad says “it's Walker's agency that gave millions in tax breaks to companies that relocated jobs overseas -- another reason Wisconsin's dead last in Midwest job growth.”

The campaign says the spot will air in the Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Wausau and Eau Claire/La Crosse markets starting today.

-- By Staff

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

 7:29 AM 

New Walker TV ad slams Burke for outsourcing jobs

Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign released a new TV ad today charging Dem rival Mary Burke made millions by “sending jobs overseas that could have been done in Wisconsin.”

It’s the third straight negative ad from the Walker campaign since going back up on the air in mid-June.

The spot shows a woman reading a book “Mary Burke’s Overseas Adventures” to two children. The book includes a series of caricatures of Burke, a former Trek Bicycle executive.

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your fortune grow?” the woman says to open the book. 

She adds while flipping pages, “By making millions of dollars ... Sending jobs overseas that could have been done in Wisconsin ... To countries where women and children might work up to 12 hours a day, earning only two dollars an hour.”

The ad does not mention Trek, but one page shows a cartoon of a factory with several bikes outside.

After finishing the book, the woman says, “To be continued.”

“You mean there’s more?” the boys asks.

“Yes, so much more,” the woman says.

-- By JR Ross

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

 9:40 PM 

Grothman raised $147,639

GOP 6th CD candidate Glenn Grothman raised $147,639 during the second quarter of 2014.

The state senator loaned his campaign $10,000, spent $77,572 and had $70,066 cash on hand as of June 30, according to his filing with the FEC.

-- By JR Ross

 4:43 PM 

Stroebel raises most of $368k from his own pocket

While State Rep. Duey Stroebel reported raising more than $368,000 for his congressional bid, most of it came from Stroebel himself.

According to his filing with the FEC, Stroebel, R-Saukville, raised $368,206 between jumping into the race and the close of the second quarter on June 30. However, most of that was from the $341,939 he loaned the campaign. The other $26,263 came from individual contributors. He finished the period with $176,508 cash on hand and reported spending $70,000 on his TV ad.

-- By Staff

 2:00 PM 

Leibham raises $300k since late April

State Sen. Joe Leibham raised just over $300,000 for his congressional run in his first fundraising period, according to his campaign.

In addition, Leibham also reported having $277,159 in cash on hand.

The campaign touted the fact that 92 percent of the individual contributions came from within the 6th CD.

Campaign finance reports for his GOP competitors, State Sen. Glenn Grothman and State Rep. Duey Stroebel, have not yet been released.

-- By Jason Smathers

Monday, July 14, 2014

 10:03 AM 

First interviews posted in primary series: 15th Senate District Democrats

With the Aug. 12 primary now a month away, WisPolitics.com plans a series of interviews over the next several weeks with candidates in some of the top races that will be on the ballot.

The first in the series is the three-way Dem primary in the 15th Senate District that covers Janesville, Beloit and the area to the west and north.

In the interviews, the candidates to succeed retiring Dem Sen. Tim Cullen -- state Rep. Janis Ringhand, former Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan and former Cullen aide Austin Scieszinski -- say they want to fix the state's roads, accept federal funding expand BadgerCare and repeal Act 10.

Read more here.

-- By Staff

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

 2:35 PM 

Walker raised almost $8.3 million in first half of 2014

Gov. Scott Walker's campaign says he raised almost $8.3 million in the first half of 2014 and had $7.6 million cash on hand.

Campaign finance reports for the first six months of 2014 are not due to the GAB until July 21. But Walker's campaign released his cover sheet two hours after Dem rival Mary Burke said she raised more than $3.6 million in the period and had more than $2.5 million cash on hand. 

The cover sheet shows Walker spent more than $5.3 million during the six-month period that ended June 30.

-- By JR Ross

 12:31 PM 

Burke raised more than $3.6 million in first half of 2014

Dem guv hopeful Mary Burke's campaign said today she raised more than $3.6 million in the first half of 2014.

Burke's campaign said that brings her total raised for the campaign, which she launched in October, to more than $5.4 million.

A campaign spokesman said Burke will report more than $2.5 million cash on hand for the period, which closed June 30. Spokesman Joe Zepecki also said Burke did not put any of her own money into the campaign during the period, which covers the first six months of the year.

Campaign finance reports for the period are not due to the GAB until July 21.

-- By JR Ross

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

 3:08 PM 

Stroebel vows to fight for term limits, balanced budget in new ad

State Rep. Duey Stroebel today announced a second radio and TV spot in his bid for the 6th Congressional District.

The ad, titled "Work for Us," says Stroebel will fight for term limits and a balanced budget, with an announcer saying the Cedarburg Republican knows "you can't spend more than you take in -- because someone must pay the bill."

"As a job creator, Duey Stroebel believes that fewer career politicians and more people with real world experience is the only way Washington will balance its budget," the announcer says in the ad.

-- By Staff

 11:48 AM 

Burke TV ad says she'll put 'you first' as guv

Dem Mary Burke released a new TV ad today in which she pledges to "work for families like yours" as guv.

The 60-second spot opens with Burke talking about her father founding Trek Bicycle in a small barn, adding "I'm proud to have helped build Trek into a great Wisconsin company where nearly a thousand people go to work everyday."

Burke says she knows the economy isn't working for many as it should and good jobs like those at Trek are hard to find, adding she's running for governor "because we can do better."

Instead of "petty politics" or more cuts to education, Burke pledges to "bring people together, like I did in business" and make sure kids have the skills they need.

"And instead of more breaks for big money special interests, I'll work for families like yours," she says to close the spot. "Because you deserve a governor who puts you first, and that's what I'll do everyday."

Burke's campaign said the ad, which does not mention Gov. Scott Walker, will run in the Milwaukee, Green Bay/Appleton, Wausau, and Eau Claire/La Crosse media markets on broadcast and cable.

 -- By JR Ross

 8:17 AM 

Walker TV ad slams Burke for land purchase while Commerce secretary

Gov. Scott Walker's campaign released a new TV ad today slamming Dem rival Mary Burke for a $12.5 million land purchase while she was Commerce secretary.

The narrator in the spot says Burke spent the money to "buy a vacant lot for a company that said it had no plans to create jobs in Wisconsin."

The narrator then says the company, Abbott Labs, had laid off 800 workers "when Burke closed the deal."

The spot shows video of Burke walking down a hallway as the narrator says, "Mary Burke says she’ll work to create jobs and spend our tax money wisely, but her record as Jim Doyle’s commerce secretary tells a different story." The spot then closes with a picture of Burke as Doyle stands in the background.

-- By JR Ross

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