Hovde initially had accused Thompson's campaign of ties to Americans for Job Security in a press release on Thursday. "In his most desperate attempt yet at cementing his political legacy, former Gov. Tommy Thompson is using a shadowy third party special interest group to attack Eric Hovde with lies and distortions," the campaign told
the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nemoir denied any campaign ties with the group, telling the paper, "Any attempt to create a linkage isn't factual."
Thompson has been significantly outspent by Hovde, who has poured millions of his own money into his campaign. Neumann has the backing of the Club for Growth, and the anti-tax group has been running television ads across the state bashing Thompson and Hovde.
While we initially reported that Americans for Job Security was spending $462,000, a GOP source tracking ad buys said the buy has been upped to $650,000.
Thompson, Hovde, and former Rep. Mark Neumann
are battling it out in a close race for the Republican nomination. The three, along with State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald
, face off in an August 14 primary.