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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 20 at 1:42pm ·
A day after Johnson spoke at the Republican National Convention, a group affiliated with the conservative Koch brothers pulled more than $2 million in ad time in the Badger State, according to three sources.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolit ... 73851.htmlKoch brothers pull ad buy backing Ron Johnson
A day after U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin spoke at the Republican National Convention, a group affiliated with the conservative Koch brothers pulled more than $2 million in ad time in the Badger State.
The move came a day after the National Senate Republican Committee modified its planned help for Johnson, pushing back an ad campaign that was to start next month until October.
Wednesday's development provides another sign Johnson could get less outside support than had been expected. Johnson faces former Sen. Russ Feingold in one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country.
Freedom Partners Action Fund began an ad campaign in May attacking Feingold about the handling of the over-prescription of opiates at the veterans clinic in Tomah. Freedom Partners is funded by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.
A spokesman for the group, James Davis, said in a statement it was "realigning" its ad buying strategy "to ensure maximum impact across key Senate races." He made the comment after three Democratic sources that track ad buys confirmed Freedom Partners had dropped $2.2 million in ad time it had reserved in Wisconsin in August and September.
The dropped ads come at a time when Johnson had hoped to get more attention because of the national exposure he was getting from speaking at the convention in Cleveland. Johnson for weeks had said he would not attend the convention but reversed course in recent days.
In a poll this month by Marquette University Law School, Feingold led Johnson 49% to 45% among likely voters.
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Koch Brothers: PAC Associated With Brothers Pulls $2.2 Million in Ads for Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson
A spokesman for Freedom Partners Action Fund said the Action Fund is still supporting Johnson's campaign for the senate seat against Russ Feingold, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday.
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