NEW INFORMATION: Wisconsin GOP files complaint over Trek ad

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A spokeswoman for Trek Bicycles says its full page newspaper advertisement complies with Wisconsin law and is constitutionally protected free speech.

The Wisconsin Republican Party on Tuesday filed a complaint with the state elections board saying the ad that ran Sunday in Madison and Milwaukee newspapers was an illegal campaign contribution to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

Her father started Trek and she formerly worked for the company.

Trek spokeswoman Marina Marich says Gov. Scott Walker's television ad last week clearly attacked Trek and "Trek is entitled to defend itself under the First Amendment by running its own advertisements containing the true facts."

Walker's ad says Burke made millions while working for a company that shipped jobs overseas where woman and children earn as little as $2 an hour.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Republican Party has filed a complaint with the state elections board over a full-page newspaper ad by Trek Bicycle Corp., saying it amounts to an illegal contribution to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

She is the sister of Trek president John Burke. Their father started the company in the 1970s and Mary Burke previously worked there as a top executive.

Trek's Sunday newspaper advertisement came in reaction to a television ad by Gov. Scott Walker accusing his opponent of making millions while working for a company that shipped jobs overseas where women and children earn as little as $2 an hour.

A spokeswoman for Trek had no immediate comment on the complaint filed with the state Government Accountability Board.


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