It appears that many have a nasty taste in their mouths leftover from the last election.
For those with a short memory, one of the most incredible hit jobs in recent history on an honorable and fair man, Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler, was approved, in part, by Johnsonville Sausage, LLC of Sheboygan Falls.
Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce (WMC) paid the bill, perhaps as much as $2 million dollars for a series of radio and television ads that besmirched Butler. When you got done listening to the trash put out by WMC and its comrades one had the impression that Butler, while a justice, was spending most of his time freeing rapists.
WMC is run by a board of directors who authorize the content and publication of its issues ads. Johnsonville Sausage, CEO William R. Morgan, sits on the board of directors.
This is the same organization that trashed Governor Jim Doyle in 2006, Kathleen Falk when she ran for Attorney General in November 0f 2006, and Linda Clifford in April, 2007. The ads against Clifford gave the impression that she was personally carrying illegal aliens across the Rio Grande on her back.
WMC ads were nasty, cruel, and also tragically misleading. They make no apologies for what they do.
Next spring they plan to go after Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, the "Queen Bee" as they call her. Meantime, we as consumers, buy the products of WMC members who use the profits to buy savage, false, ads that avoid the laws regarding political finance reporting.
(If anyone has knowledge about rumors that WMC met with Michael Gableman directly or though intermediates and made a commitment to raise a minimum amount of money to trash Louis Butler, please contact me.)