On Politics: GOP statement on Mary Burke's self-funding based on erroneous report

2014-04-04T10:45:00Z On Politics: GOP statement on Mary Burke's self-funding based on erroneous reportMATTHEW DeFOUR | Wisconsin State Journal | mdefour@madison.com | 608-252-6144 madison.com

The Republican Party of Wisconsin isn't backing away from a statement about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke's plans to self-finance her campaign, even though it was based on an erroneous report.

The statement, in response to Burke saying last week she won't be able to entirely self-fund her campaign, claimed:

"It was widely reported that Burke planned to spend $8-10 million in the race, yet she is now hedging her bets amidst a struggling campaign and her inability to create traction with voters."

The State Journal asked for the party's source of the "widely reported" figure. State GOP spokesman Jesse Dougherty cited a Jan. 15 report by conservative website Right Wisconsin.

The Right Wisconsin article stated: "Does Democratic candidate for Governor Mary Burke really intend to spend $8 million of her own money this year? According to a public policy report from Foley and Lardner, the answer is yes."

A spokesman for the Milwaukee-based law firm said the report was retracted. He forwarded an email that Foley & Lardner public affairs manager Ray Carey had sent to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which also quoted the report, but quickly retracted it.

"After doing some fact checking I've come to the conclusion that the $8 million number is not sourced and was a mistake," Carey wrote. "So internally, among those who receive the newsletter, we are making a correction."

Right Wisconsin, which is owned by the same company as the Journal Sentinel, updated its report Tuesday after the error was brought to their attention by a State Journal reporter.

After being informed about the retraction, GOP executive director Joe Fadness issued a modified statement to the State Journal saying "self-financing numbers as high as $10 million have circulated for months." He did not disclose a source for the $10 million figure and the March 27 news release on the party's website remains the same.

Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki said Burke has not disclosed how much she plans to spend on the race. Her January campaign finance report showed she had contributed $400,000 of the $1.8 million she raised last fall.

"Mary has said all along that she will put in what she can, but that will be a fraction of what is required," he said.

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  1. Eric S
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    Eric S - April 18, 2014 1:04 pm
    Republicans complain about former state democratic party spokesperson Graeme Zielinski's antics and then they do the same crap.
  2. Wis_taxpayer
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    Wis_taxpayer - April 06, 2014 8:58 am
    So now that a Democrat has access to as much money as Republicans.... big money is a bad thing? Who would have thought!

    Republicans need to get their stories straight.
  3. ButSiriuslyFolks
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    ButSiriuslyFolks - April 05, 2014 3:43 pm
    It's only a lie when it doesn't work.
  4. skullrider666
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    skullrider666 - April 05, 2014 9:45 am
    What I'm not understanding is why the GOP is making such a big issue about her using her own Money"s! So what ! Can't say that for Scotty Boy!!!
  5. TheRestOfTheStory
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    TheRestOfTheStory - April 04, 2014 11:32 pm
    And this, folks, is how the GOP views women. Thanks4Act10 at his best.
  6. hankdog
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    hankdog - April 04, 2014 11:16 pm
    Bill was a U.S. Senator as well.
  7. College Didn't Take
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    College Didn't Take - April 04, 2014 9:57 pm
    At least she has a college degree and actually held a job outside government, unlike some politicians.
  8. BRS
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    BRS - April 04, 2014 9:32 pm
    It would be great wouldn't it,republican or democrat . I guess we can only dream.
  9. BRS
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    BRS - April 04, 2014 8:31 pm
    Lies from republicans and that's news.What would be be news is that they told the truth.Scott Walker voted most dishonest governor in the country,that tells it all
  10. Hockeydad
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    Hockeydad - April 04, 2014 12:54 pm
    I do recall a WIS State Senator many years ago by the name of William Proxmire, that spend a grand total of under <$200 to get re-elected. He would get out and shake hands, have a plan, and let his record carry him year after year.

    It would be refreshing to see such genuine integrity in todays political scene.
  11. truthzeeker
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    truthzeeker - April 04, 2014 11:52 am
    The only qualification a politician needs to raise money today is to say yes to the highest bidders. And thanks to the new law legislated by our Supreme Court, that should be no problem.
  12. PapaLorax
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    PapaLorax - April 04, 2014 11:24 am
    Nevets... Their ability to raise money is a major qualification these days.
  13. Nevets
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    Nevets - April 04, 2014 11:01 am
    Lies and disinformation in politics!
    Shocking!

    I do seem to recall a time when politicians just lied about their own qualifications.

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