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They’re Back: Big Corporate Special Interests Drop More Money on Michael Screnock’s State High Court Bid

Spending From Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce on Candidate Who Won’t Remove Himself From Cases Involving Big Donors Tops $1.3 Million Mark

By - Mar 23rd, 2018 02:56 pm
Michael Screnock. Photo from Screnock campaign website.

Michael Screnock. Photo from Screnock campaign website.

MADISON, Wis. — The big corporate special interest lobby the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) is back on the air with television and radio ads in support of their favored candidate, Michael Screnock. According to information obtained by One Wisconsin Now, the group has spent at least $770,000 on another round of television ad buys and a yet to be determined amount on radio ads, bringing their total spent to date to prop up Screnock’s bid for the Wisconsin State Supreme Court to at least $1.35 million.

“The big corporate special interest is now in for Michael Screnock to the tune of well over $1.3 million,” said One Wisconsin Now Research Director Joanna Beilman-Dulin. “Screnock has made it clear he not only welcomes their cash but also he’ll have their backs saying he doesn’t think he needs to excuse himself from cases involving his big campaign donors.”

The latest ad blitz comes on the heels of the nearly $660,000 previously spent on statewide tv and radio advertising by the WMC and right wing dark money outfit the Wisconsin Alliance for Reform. Screnock appeared personally before WMC and thanked them for their support.

In his last campaign finance report, Screnock disclosed that Scott Walker’s Republican Party of Wisconsin contributed at least $142,000. That makes the partisan political party the largest single donor to his campaign. Screnock previously worked as an attorney representing Walker in election law disputes and on the team that helped draw state legislative districts for Republicans that were so political and partisan that they were declared unconstitutional by a federal court.

The National Rifle Association has also chipped in to try to help elect Screnock with a mailing encouraging their members to support him saying he has “vowed” to protect their agenda.

One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

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