NEW INFORMATION: Ellis won't seek re-election following video

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Senate President Mike Ellis will not seek re-election this fall, following the release of a secretly recorded video in which he discusses an illegal campaign finance scheme.

Ellis's spokesman Scott Kelly confirmed Friday that Ellis was dropping out, marking the end of a 44-year legislative career. Kelly says a statement was being prepared.

Ellis's decision to drop out comes just two days after the release of a secret recording by Project Veritas, a national organization led by conservative activist James O'Keefe.

In the video, recorded two weeks ago, Ellis talks about creating a super PAC to spend money attacking his Democratic opponent state Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber.

Ellis said he did not pursue the idea after realizing it was illegal.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) --Republican Sen. Mike Ellis says he has done nothing illegal and a video taken without his knowledge is misleading.

A conservative activist known for his hidden-camera videos released audio on Wednesday of Ellis talking about raising money for a super PAC to attack his Democratic opponent Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber.

It is against Wisconsin law for a candidate to coordinate with political action committees or outside groups.

Ellis tells The Associated Press that he understands that he looks "terrible" in the video, but he never acted on the discussion after realizing the next day that what he was talking about was illegal.

The audio and video was released Wednesday by Project Veritas, an organization led by conservative activist James O'Keefe.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A conservative activist known for his hidden-camera videos has released audio of Republican Wisconsin state Senate President Mike Ellis talking about what appears to be illegal campaign activity.

The audio and video was released Wednesday by Project Veritas, an organization led by conservative activist James O'Keefe. In it, Ellis is heard saying that he intends to establish a super PAC to attack his Democratic opponent Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber.

It is against Wisconsin law for a candidate to coordinate with political action committees or outside groups.

Ellis says on the audio that he intends to raise $500,000, but another person will "manufacture the crap." Ellis did not immediately return messages seeking comment.


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