MADISON – The campaign of Governor Scott Walker issued a new campaign ad on Monday accusing former Commerce Secretary Mary Burke of a botched deal that may put taxpayers on the hook for $25 million dollars.
The ad called “Bondoogle” expands off an earlier ad issued by the Walker Campaign that blasted Burke for engaging in a deal with Abbott Laboratories valued at $12.5 million in an attempt to create jobs in Wisconsin. The lot of vacant land that was part of the deal remains vacant to this day according to the campaign ad and at the end accuses Burke of putting the state on the hook potentially for $25 million as the federal government wants the money back.
Walker Campaign Spokesman Tom Evenson said: “Even seven years after Mary Burke left the Commerce Department, Wisconsin taxpayers are still paying the price for her carelessness with their hard-earned money. Taxpayers are already out more than $12 million because Burke wouldn’t follow the rules, but now they’re being asked to pony up even more to repay the money she threw away on a vacant lot that still sits empty.”
Wisconsin Election Watch contacted the Burke Campaign for comment, but they did not respond to our request.