I've been watching summer reruns and talk shows with my partner and Westie from my little Minneapolis home. Lately, we keep seeing the same political attack ad. It's not very well produced, but we see it a lot. It is a right wing attack ad against Shelly Moore, the Democratic candidate running against Sheila Harsdorf in the District 10 State Senate recall election.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul media market is the 16th largest in the country, almost twice as big as the largest media market in Wisconsin (38th ranked Milwaukee-Racine). It spills over into the western Wisconsin counties that make up Wisconsin's 10th Senate district. To influence this rural state senate race, the Wisconsin Club for Growth is buying attack ads in one of the larger media markets in the country weeks before the election.
My partner asked me, "Isn't that a waste of money?" After 30 years of tax policy favoring them, the richest Americans have almost all the money in the country, and they are willing to wield it like a sledgehammer to kill a fly. That is how important Wisconsin is to the right wing. They don't want any of their gains to be rolled back and they are willing to spend whatever it takes to keep them. They don't want even a temporary setback in their march to domination.
We can't outspend them. But we can provide enough money for a fighting chance.
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