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"Issue ads" would have to have financier disclosed under new bill


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - There’s a renewed effort to find out who’s putting up the money for Wisconsin political ads that highlight issues instead of candidates.

GOP Senate President Mike Ellis of Neenah has teamed up with Democratic Senator Jon Erpenbach of Middleton on a new bill.

It would require groups that put out so-called “issue ads” to file financial reports with the state, if they run their ads within 60 days of an election.

Ellis and Erpenbach say they’ve tried for years to get more public disclosure of campaign money, who puts it up, and how it’s spent. But opponents have said the issue ad requirement goes against the First Amendment freedom of speech.