Wisconsin Truth PAC, which is backing U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, added another $1.4 million to its buys in the Senate race with a new independent expenditure going after Dem Mandela Barnes.
The group has now spent $10.7 million in independent expenditures since the start of the year. Up until the latest buy, all of the IEs have been supportive of Johnson. The latest buy, detailed in a filing with the FEC over the weekend, is the first one to oppose Barnes, the lieutenant governor.
Through July 20, the group had received $6.5 million from Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks and $3 million from Illinois businesswoman Liz Uihlein. Dick Uihlein has also contributed $500,000.
The group has declined past overtures from WisPolitics.com for details of its buys. Still, it has posted several videos to its YouTube page. That includes one a WisPolitics.com reporter saw on the air over the weekend.
The spot, the only one on the group’s YouTube page that focuses on Barnes, shows the lieutenant governor saying U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are bringing “big, bold ideas to Capitol Hill.”
The narrator adds, “Radical ideas funded by the taxpayers.”
The spot continues with Barnes talking about free public higher education, an immigration system “that says no human being is illegal,” and ensuring immigrants have access to driver’s licenses and in-state tuition rates for college.
The screen flashes phrases as Barnes talks such as “Amnesty for drug traffickers?” when he says no human being should be considered illegal.
The narrator closes the spot, “And guess who’s going to pay for all that?”
The new ad comes as the New York Times reported today the National Republican Senatorial Committee is cutting back on ad buys in several states, including Wisconsin.