MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker's campaign launched a TV attack ad against Democrat Mary Burke Friday, less than a day after allegations surfaced that he broke campaign laws.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the 30-second ad is due to run through July 1st in every state TV market except Duluth-Superior and the nearby Twin Cities.
It again ties Burke -- the former Trek Bicycle executive and former state commerce secretary -- to former Governor Jim Doyle. The ad said they "gambled taxpayer money on dreadful policies."
Walker campaign spokesman Tom Evenson said Doyle's people brought tax hikes, job losses, and budget deficits to Wisconsin -- and the state cannot afford to let Burke take the state backward.
Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki said Walker launched "false, negative attacks on a proven job creator."
The paper said the $245,000 ad buy was arranged before Thursday's release of court documents, in which prosecutors allege that Walker and two GOP operatives head an illegal coordination between candidates and outside conservative groups on their campaigns during the 2011 and '12 recall votes.
Those allegations are part of a John Doe investigation in which Walker told a national TV audience was "resolved."
A request by prosecutors to revive the probe is pending before a federal appeals court in Chicago.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)