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Watchdog reacts to Ellis video

A government watchdog says it's a "tragedy in many respects" that a past supporter of campaign finance reform was caught on video, talking about setting up his own Super PAC for his run for re-election.

Republican Sen. Mike Ellis of Neenah says he now knows that it's illegal in Wisconsin for a candidate to coordinate with an outside group.

Democratic Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber of Appleton is challenging Ellis this fall. In the secretly taped video, at a Madison hotel bar, Ellis said the PAC could run attack ads against Bernard Schaber.

Jay Heck of Common Cause says to hear him talk about that, even in a hypothetical manner, is shocking and disturbing. He says it's a sign of the times.

Heck says he worked closely with Ellis, several years ago, to push for reforms. He says Ellis was concerned about third-party, outside groups, and the money they were putting into campaigns.

Heck says doesn't think the fallout from the video will end anytime soon.

posted : April, 10th by WHBY


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