Democratic group Opportunity Wisconsin has launched a new ad slamming the incumbent senator. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonJuan Williams: Biden must refute GOP attacks on war Lawmakers fear Ukraine could escalate into US-Russian war Cruz rides a shotgun around DC Beltway with convoy of truckers MORE (R-Wis.) for his support of former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: I’m not using campaign funds for a new plane. Don’t Fill Up: How Investing in Renewables Can Save the World and Neutralize Modern Russia.the tax legislation of 2017.
The group, which spent $4.5 million on ads for Johnson last year, is specifically challenging changes it has championed for legislation that would enact lower tax rates for businesses whose owners report their profits on their individual tax returns.
The advert, first seen by The Hill, alleges that changes to the legislation which have been pushed by Johnson have benefited his own family business.
It will air on broadcast, cable and digital platforms in the Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and Wausau media markets.
“Everything seems to be more expensive these days. Everything costs more. Ron Johnson should be helping families like us, but he seems to have been helping himself instead,” said the narrator of the 30 Seconds ad, a Madison, Wisconsin-area mom.
“An investigation has revealed that Ron Johnson managed to create a special tax loophole that benefited his own family’s business,” she continued. [at least] five million dollars. He has doubled his wealth since taking office.”
The investigation mentioned in the ad was conducted by the Congressional Integrity Project, which suggested in 2020 that Johnson’s changes to the Trump 2017 legislation would have benefited companies like Pacur LLC, which Johnson previously owned and held a stake in. financial until 2020.
In 2020, Johnson’s office hit back at the report, arguing that pushing for lower tax rates for small businesses was not a self-serving act.
“Senator Johnson was one of the few members of Congress who was concerned about the transmissions. It was through his work that the average American business was helped out of the tax bill,” a spokesperson told NBC News in 2020.
The ad is the last to hit the airwaves in Wisconsin ahead of November’s midterm elections. Last week, Johnson released two new ads touting his work with a Milwaukee-based religious initiative. And on Monday, Democratic Senate candidate Sarah Godlewski released her first campaign television ad.
Johnson faces what should be a competitive re-election bid in Wisconsin. The non-partisan Cook Political Report calls the race “a twist of fate”. A Marquette University survey released last week showed Johnson a 33% favorable rating and a 45% unfavorable rating.
However, Johnson has a strong base of support among the state’s conservative base, and the crowded Democratic Senate primary, due in August, could leave the incumbent in a stronger position.
The same Marquette survey showed Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D) leading that primary area with 23% support, with Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry trailing at 13% support, the county manager of ‘Outagamie Tom Nelson garnering 5 percent support and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski three percent.