Progressives have been riled up about the Wisconsin Republicans who stripped collective bargaining rights for state employees, but rarely does a state legislative race attract this kind of money for a single ad, especially from national political organizations.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Wisconsin's chapter of the national liberal organization Democracy for America will spend $100,000 to air this ad attacking state Sen. Luther Olsen (R), who faces an Aug. 9 recall election against state Rep. Fred Clark (D), who is seeking to oust him.
Throughout the Wisconsin budget fight, and now the wave of recall elections throughout the state, the two groups have spent over $1 million in Wisconsin. The ad begins airing in Madison and Green Bay today and will run for a week. It's the groups' first major ad buy since the recall races began in earnest.