Sen. Mike Ellis (R-WI) Investigation

“Senator Ellis spent years telling the public he stood for strict campaign finance reforms only to be caught privately communicating the exact opposite. Worse yet, while telling the public he is fighting to ban third-party coordination between candidates and independent expenditures, he intended to surreptitiously use that exact coordination to personally benefit his own re-election.” –James O’Keefe

SEN. ELLIS CAUGHT PLOTTING POTENTIAL FELONY

DESCRIPTION

Wisconsin State Senate President Michael Ellis (R-19) was captured on hidden camera explaining how he planned to circumvent state campaign finance laws by secretly coordinating with a third “independent” party. Ellis’ plan, if acted on, would have been a felony under Wisconsin State election law. In an ironic twist, Ellis was a leading proponent of campaign finance laws, even helping pass a law to help what he called a “monstrous problem.” Our cameras even captured Ellis boasting about a fake name for the illegal political action committee: “‘The Friends of Free Life’ whatever the hell they want to call it. But I will have, I’ll have a half million myself.”

SEN. ELLIS ADMITS: "THE VIDEO SPEAKS FOR ITSELF"

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Sen. Ellis talks of using his influence as Senate President to receive preferential treatment for jobs and raises. He comments on his wealthy neighbors by the lake in addition to opining on who really runs the Senate. This extended report includes additional analysis on Senator Ellis’ potentially felonious and conspiratorial comments secretly recorded at the Best Western Hotel’s bar – Inn on the Park — and why his “hypothetical” response is shoddy, at best.

Results

Mike Ellis Announces He Will Drop out of Re-Election Race Two Days After Project Veritas Video

Two days after the release of our two-part video investigation series into Sen. Mike Ellis, he announces he will no longer seek re-election.
Sen. Mike Ellis (R-WI) Caught on Tape Plotting Potential Felony

MEDIA COVERAGE

TownHall “O’Keefe on Ellis video: I’m out to expose hypocrites and fraudsters”
National Review “James O’Keefe Claims GOP State Senator Guilty of Campaign-Finance Hypocrisy”
washingtontimes-logo “Senate President Ellis: Hidden video misleading”

washingtonpost “James O’Keefe is at it again. In Wisconsin. Against a Republican.”
Daily Caller “Corruption in Wisconsin: Undercover videos expose GOP State Sen. Mike Ellis”
wrex “More fallout after recordings of Senator Ellis released”
scene “Wisconsin GOP’s bad month”
WisconsinPublicRadio “State Sen. Ellis Discusses Illegal Super PAC Activity On Hidden Camera, Will Not Seek Reelection”
TheBadgerHerald “Ellis’s hypocrisy on campaign finance reform cost him a re-election bid”
wsaw “Sen. Ellis Won’t seek Re-election Following Video”
nbc15 “Republican Sen. Mike Ellis says he has done nothing illegal…”
fox6now “State Sen. Ellis calling it quits, recognizes “toll” on family”
Selected Clips

Senator Mike Ellis:

  • “I am putting together my own Super PAC…”
  • “I don’t need to kiss anybody’s ass…”

Senator Mike Ellis:

  • “I don’t want to attack her, I want Judi–somebody else to attack.”

PV Journalist:

  • “I think like this John Doe thing is kind of a blessing in disguise”

Senator Mike Ellis:

  • “I think it is, too.”
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