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Friday, October 31, 2014

 12:51 PM 

Burke ad hits back at Trek allegations

Mary Burke's campaign is on the air with a new TV ad responding to claims the Dem guv candidate was forced out of her position with Trek Bicycle.

The spot shows a photo of Gov. Scott Walker with Gary Ellerman, one of two former Trek officials to make the claims about Burke this week. An announcer calls Ellerman, the chairman of the Jefferson County GOP, "a Walker campaign worker and donor who puts pictures like this on his Facebook page" as the ad shows a photo with a swastika over an Obama campaign logo.

An announcer then says Trek fired Ellerman "for incompetence," and says Walker is "using his lies to attack Mary Burke."

"But that's what you'd expect from a politician under investigation for illegal campaign activities," the ad says, pointing to six former Walker associates "already convicted of crimes."

"It's sleaze politics that says more about the attackers than it does about her," the ad concludes.

The ad comes amid expectations Republicans would use the new claims in ads against Burke.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, for example, had previously issued an ad saying voters couldn't trust Burke on jobs, and has edited the spot to add a line about former Trek executives saying "Mary Burke was forced out."

-- By Staff

 8:15 AM 

New Burke TV ad features Bill Clinton

Mary Burke's latest TV ad features former President Bill Clinton.

The spot opens with Clinton talking directly into the camera. He talks about a governor who knows business, has created jobs and "helped build a great Wisconsin company." He talks about someone who's helped hundreds of kids stay in school and get to college, who brings people together, "dividing them, not playing politics.

"Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Clinton says. "Well that's Mary Burke."

"If you're ready for a governor who will get up every day thinking about your family and building the middle class you're ready for Mary Burke."

-- By JR Ross

Thursday, October 30, 2014

 11:55 AM 

Kurtz TV ads knock Kind over Obamacare

3rd CD Republican candidate Tony Kurtz today announced two TV ads knocking Dem U.S. Rep. Ron Kind over the Affordable Care Act.

One spot features Kurtz's wife Kim, who says, "As a health care professional, I've seen how Obamacare's broken promises hurt working families."

The second ad says unemployment, along with the costs of food and fuel, are up, and a man then says his daughter's hearing aids are no longer covered by insurance "because of the Affordable Care Act."

"Isn't 18 years of Ron Kind enough?" an announcer asks before telling viewers to vote for Kurtz.

-- By Staff

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

 10:34 PM 

WMC ad asks if Burke can be trusted on jobs

The WMC Issues Mobilization Council has been running a TV ad asking, “can we trust Mary Burke on jobs?”

The spot has been on the air since at least last week, but WMC just posted it to YouTube recently. 

The narrator in the spot says Burke admitted while Commerce secretary under Gov. Jim Doyle her agency “sat on the sidelines and failed to attract new businesses.” The narrator then cites an email from Burke’s predecessor at Commerce calling her “a disaster” and says “maybe that’s why Wisconsin lost 130,000 jobs when Doyle was governor.”

“Tell Mary Burke Wisconsin can’t afford a jobs disaster,” the narrator says to close the spot.

-- By JR Ross

 10:00 PM 

WMC posts ad going after Happ

The WMC Issues Mobilization Council has now posted a TV ad going after Dem AG candidate Susan Happ that's been airing over the past week.

The narrator opens the spot by saying we expect children to be safe from predators when they're dropped off at daycare. 

But the narrator says Happ argued for a lighter sentence for a five-time child molester at a daycare center. Happ called them "crimes of opportunity" and urged the offender not be classified as a predator. 

"Thankfully, a judge rejected her argument, ruling the man's crimes were the worst kind," the narrator says to close the spot. "Tell DA Susan Happ don't argue for leniency. Dangerous predators belong behind bars, not in our communities." 

-- By JR Ross

 12:28 PM 

Marquette poll: Walker 50, Burke 43

Gov. Scott Walker opened up a 7-point lead on Dem rival Mary Burke in the latest Marquette University Law School Poll.

The survey found 50 percent of likely voters backed Walker, while 43 percent supported Burke. That's a change from two weeks ago, when the two were tied at 47-apiece among likely voters.

Among registered voters, it was Walker 46, Burke 45. Poll director Charles Franklin said the contrast in the numbers for likely voters vs. registered voters underscores how important turnout is and more Walker voters are saying they're likely to turn out Tuesday than Burke voters.

The poll also found 43 percent of likely voters backed Republican Brad Schimel in the AG's race, while 39 percent supported Dem Susan Happ. Among registered voters, it was tied at 40-apiece.

Two weeks ago, the race was tied at 42 among likely voters.

The survey of 1,409 registered voters was conducted Thursday through Sunday. The sample included 1,164 likely voters. The margin of error for registered voters was plus or minus 2.7 percentage points, while it was 3 percentage points for likely voters.

-- By JR Ross

 9:24 AM 

Burke TV ad asks voters to remember Walker's last four years

Dem guv candidate Mary Burke announced a new TV ad this morning asking voters to "remember Scott Walker's last four years" when considering the next four.

"The division. Six aides and associates convicted of crimes," an announcer says. "His jobs promise broken, secret donations, politics first."

As the spot switches to footage of Burke, the announcer tells viewers if they're "ready for a governor who isn't a politician but knows jobs and business, who doesn't care about your party, only whether you have a good idea, and who will wake up each day determined to make your life a little better, you're ready for Mary Burke."

-- By Staff

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

 12:47 PM 

Burke's campaign explains error on campaign fundraising report

Mary Burke's campaign spokesman says it was his mistake that led to the campaign announcing yesterday it had raised $10.2 million for the pre-election period, almost $1 million more than it actually pulled in.

Spokesman Joe Zepecki wrote reporters that the $10.2 million announced yesterday accounts for all receipts for the campaign through mid-October, minus the $5 million Burke has personally committed. 

Burke actually raised $4.7 million from donors over three months, and combined with the $4.6 million Burke loaned the campaign during the pre-election period, that accounts for the $9.3 million that was reported on her report filed with the GAB.

The overall figure of $15.2 million raised since the beginning of the campaign is accurate, along with the other figures the campaign has reported, Zepecki said.

-- By JR Ross

 11:50 AM 

Grothman, Ryan, Duffy announce new TV ads

A trio of GOP congressional candidates today announced new TV ads with one week until Election Day.

State Sen. Glenn Grothman knocks 6th CD Dem opponent Mark Harris in his ad, saying the Winnebago County exec "defended Obamacare and raised taxes."

"It's that time of year -- liberal politicians like Mark Harris telling lies on TV, hiding the fact he'll push Barack Obama's reckless agenda in Washington," an announcer says to open the ad.

The spot then says Grothman, R-Campbellsport, "has a proven record of fighting for jobs and stopping food stamp abuse," saying a vote for Harris "is a vote for Barack Obama."

Incumbent U.S. Reps. Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy also announced new TV ads today.

Ryan, R-Janesville, says "Washington is out of control" in his new spot, pointing to "scandals at the IRS, veterans dying waiting for care, families losing their health-care plans and doctors, jobs being shipped overseas."

"I know full well that it’s your money they are wasting in Washington," Ryan says.

Duffy, meanwhile, showcases his large family in his new ad, saying, "It's why I'm working to protect our families, our paychecks and our jobs from Washington bureaucrats.

"Because I want all our kids to chase their dreams in Wisconsin, not in some other state," says Duffy, R-Weston.

-- By Staff

Monday, October 27, 2014

 4:19 PM 

Burke raised $10.2 million in pre-election period, including $4.6 million loan

Dem Mary Burke raised $10.2 million over the last three months, including a $4.6 million loan to her campaign.

Burke's campaign said she had nearly $3 million in the bank on Oct. 20 and she has now raised $15.2 million since announcing a little more than a year ago she planned to run.

The latest loan also pushed her personal commitment to the campaign to $5 million.

-- By JR Ross

Editor's note: Burke's campaign finance report filed with the GAB shows she raised $9.3 million during the pre-election period, not the $10.2 million her campaign announced Monday. WisPolitics.com has asked for a clarification on the numbers.

Updated 2: Burke's campaign has now explained the discrepancy. See the post.

 11:00 AM 

Walker raised $10.4 million during pre-election period

Gov. Scott Walker raised nearly $10.4 million over the last three months and headed into the final weeks of the campaign with just shy of $3 million in the bank.

Walker's campaign this morning released the cover sheet for his pre-election report, which covers activity between July 29 and Oct. 20.

It showed Walker spent $14.5 million during the period.

The report also listed $2.4 million in contributions from committees. The state's previous limit of $485,190 for all PAC contributions and $700,830 from all committees, including political parties, were wiped out in a federal court challenge.

Walker's pre-primary report, which covered activity through July 28, listed just $2,500 in committee contributions and $287,943 for the year. The preliminary injunction lifting the cap on PAC donations was issued in early September.

-- By JR Ross

Saturday, October 25, 2014

 2:56 PM 

Greater Wisconsin TV ad knocks Walker's 'private club'

The Greater Wisconsin Committee is out with a new TV ad knocking “Scott Walker’s private club.”

The narrator says millionaires got a new $10,000 tax deduction to send their kids to private schools, while “we got cuts to public schools.”

The narrator says Walker’s “cronies” got “our jobs creation money. We can’t find jobs.” The narrator then adds Walker’s friends got a “massive strip mine after they made secret donations to help him. We could get arsenic in our drinking water.”

“Millionaires, cronies, the appearance of corruption, Scott Walker’s private club,” the narrator says to close the spot. “It doesn’t include you.”

-- By JR Ross

Friday, October 24, 2014

 8:37 AM 

Happ talks up women's issues in new TV ad

Dem AG candidate Susan Happ released a new TV ad this morning touting a series of women's issues and promising to "protect our rights."

Ahead of her win in the Dem primary, Happ ran an ad that showed her riding her Harley-Davidson. The new spot opens with her sitting on the motorcycle, helmet on her leg, saying "It's been a wild ride, but we're on the last leg."

She says as DA she's aggressively prosecuted criminals who threaten women's safety and says as AG she'd "crack down on internet predators, strengthen laws to protect women from domestic abusers and sex offenders, and see that women are paid equally for their work." 

"My opponent thinks politicians, not women and their doctors, should make our health care decisions," Happ says. "I'll fight to protect our rights."

The spot closes showing Happ speaking with two law enforcement officers as the narrator says, "Susan Happ, fighting for us."

-- By JR Ross

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