Former Gov. Tommy Thompson has complained about the money being spent against him in the Wisconsin GOP Senate primary, but it appears he's getting some outside help. Americans for Job Security released a television ad today slamming businessman Eric Hovde, one of Thompson's rivals for Republican nomination.
According to a GOP source tracking the buy, Americans for Job Security is spending $462,000 to air the ad -- a significant sum with less than two weeks left before the Aug. 14 GOP primary.
The spot accuses Hovde's firm of accepting $2 million in stimulus funds. Hovde has denied taking stimulus money, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week corrected a report that had said his real estate firm had taken the federal grants.
The Americans for Job Security Spot doesn't mention Thompson, but Hovde's campaign said in a release that the group is backing the former governor.
Thompson, Hovde and former Rep. Mark Neumann, who is backed by the Club for Growth, are locked in a tight race for the GOP nod. State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald is also seeking the nomination, but his campaign has struggled to gain traction.
The winner of the primary will face Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin in November.