Pro-Falk labor group announces $1 million ad buy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A group funded by labor unions has announced it is buying $1 million worth of advertising across the state time in support of Democratic recall candidate Kathleen Falk.

Wisconsin for Falk announced the ad buy on Thursday. The group is funded by the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the statewide teachers union, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

The group says the ad buy includes cable, broadcast and online advertising beginning Friday and running through Monday, the day before the primary. Targeted television markets include La Crosse, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau and Madison.

The ad focuses on Republican Gov. Scott Walker and none of Falk's Democratic challengers, who are not named.

The primary is May 8 and the general election is June 5.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A group funded by labor unions has announced it is buying $1 million worth of advertising across the state time in support of Democratic recall candidate Kathleen Falk.

Wisconsin for Falk announced the ad buy on Thursday. The group is funded by the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the statewide teachers union, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

The group says the ad buy includes cable, broadcast and online advertising beginning Friday and running through Monday, the day before the primary. Targeted television markets include La Crosse, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau and Madison.

Announcement of the ad buy followed a Falk news conference earlier Thursday in which union members voiced their support for her candidacy.


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  • by jorn Location: haha on Apr 28, 2012 at 03:41 AM
    Buying air time....the only way Libs can actually stimulate the economy!
  • by billy Location: ec on Apr 27, 2012 at 06:27 AM
    Just think; if the group spending all this money could donate towards education or a school district how much better they would look to the general population!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 06:43 PM in reply to billy
      That of course goes for both sides, but yes wouldn't it be nice if the huge sums of money spent to get elected actually went for the greater good.
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        by billy on Apr 30, 2012 at 08:11 AM in reply to
        Yes exactly! there should be a cap on fund raising, and the amount that can be used to fund an election across the board.
  • by John Location: EC on Apr 26, 2012 at 08:16 PM
    She can spend a Billion dollars of your union dues...I will still vote Walker. When are you guys gonna get this?
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      by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM in reply to John
      Get what...That you will still vote for Walker no matter what? We got it.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 06:43 PM in reply to
        lol
  • by wah wah Location: Eau claire on Apr 26, 2012 at 06:31 PM
    Kathy, Go home and be a good homemaker. It is where you belong. Not stealing from our pockets
  • by Cletus Location: Cadott on Apr 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM
    Dirty money... my parents worked for the state and the union got them two percent after 3 years and no back pay. I can bargin better than that. also paying union dues figure cost of living at say 3% and the Union got them in the hole!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 05:24 AM in reply to Cletus
      FINALLY someone understands that state employees have had plenty of years with no raises and most with small raises.
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        by Private on Apr 27, 2012 at 02:07 PM in reply to
        We get it, just don't care. The private sector has been going through the exact same thing for years. But, unlike the public sector, we are not up in arms and throwing a temper tantrum.
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          by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 04:20 PM in reply to Private
          I don't know. I am pretty peeved about it.
  • by joe Location: Eau Claire on Apr 26, 2012 at 05:11 PM
    No different then Scooter get the big buck from out of state. Selling out Wisc Recall can't happen any sooner.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    So, the unions are paying Falk, through campaign contributions, for favors promised in return. Isn't the secret service in trouble for this sort of thing?
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      by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM in reply to
      Notice the story about the business group spending $2 million on an ad buy for Walker? How are you going to spin that?
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        by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 04:22 PM in reply to
        Come on you know that can only be said about democrats. Republicans have far to high of a moral standard to be bought. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 at 04:59 PM
    Wisconsin Education Association Council, WEAC. The same organization that lost millions when Walkers bill allowed schools to purchase insurance elsewhere. Apparently they still have enough money to buy back the favoritism they've enjoyed for years.
  • by Susie on Apr 26, 2012 at 03:45 PM
    Just think that this money could be used to lower union dues and/or award teachers. It could even be used for a couple of educational scholorships. I seldom see a scholorship awarded from a group of teachers or the union.
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      by Shane on Apr 27, 2012 at 07:21 AM in reply to Susie
      Well then Susie you need to open your eyes. I have worked at 3 different schools in my 27 years in education and at all three the scholarship from the teachers was the largest or second largest.
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        by Susie on Apr 27, 2012 at 04:56 PM in reply to Shane
        Glad to hear that Mr. Shane. I look at the lists in my area and see more from the Business and local sportsmen clubs than I see "teachers". Oh, and BTW I tend to not see many teachers names on the Fund raisers for local events.
  • by Grandma Location: Bloomer Wi on Apr 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
    Does anyone really pay attention to all this negative nonsense we see and hear in the media. I am really sick of each and every political ad. As for all the surveys and questions being ask on the telephone I too feel they are a waste of time esp the automated ones with no human response on the other end. Just keep throwing money down the drain-------where has statesman gone????????
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