Mysterious Groups Spend Record Cash on Wisconsin Attack Ads

By KBJR News 1

October 29, 2010 Updated Oct 29, 2010 at 10:24 PM CDT

SUPERIOR, WI (The Northland's NewsCenter) The battle to fill outgoing Congressman Dave Obey's seat has attracted nationwide attention and a record amount of campaign contributions.

The election promises to be highly–contested with Republican Sean Duffy and Democrat Julie Lassa nearly even in the polls.

Because there's the possibility of a Republican winning a seat that has been Democratic for more than forty years, a number of mysterious private–interest groups have pumped money into Wisconsin politics.

Outsider political ads in the race total more than $3.4 million dollars so far.
But exactly who is funding that race is what has political experts concerned.

Superior's Ron Mershart has tracked Wisconsin politics since 1968. Mershart is a personal confidant of outgoing Congressman Dave Obey, as well as a former professor at the University of Wisconsin Superior.

"Mysterious groups, unidentified – except by some arbitrary label – have been putting in remarkable sums of money," Mershart said, explaining the recent cash-flood that has inundated Wisconsin's political scene.

"It's also been suggested and acknowledged to a degree... that some of it has come from foreign sources," Mershart added.

For the complete account of spending in Wisconsin's 2010 District 7 Congressional District, visit the OpenSecrets website.

For the rest of the story, including an exclusive Northland's NewsCenter interview with Sean Duffy and Julie Lassa, click on the video link above.

Written for the web by Matt Standal