Anti-Plale effort fueled in part by Madison Assemblyman

    Reports this week confirm widespread speculation that outgoing state Rep. Spencer Black is helping finance a group that’s attacking a fellow Democrat, state Sen. Jeff Plale.
    Black, of Madison, has blamed the South Milwaukee Dem for the demise of the “Clean Energy Jobs Act,” which was supported by Black, Gov. Jim Doyle and the Forest County Potawatomi. Black is not running for re-election.
    Black’s campaign committee gave $12,000 to the Citizens for Progressive Wisconsin PAC, which reported raising $42,000 in the pre-primary period, according to campaign finance reports. Of that, $20,000 came from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, while the SEIU Wisconsin State Council PAC gave $7,000 and American Federation of Teachers Local 212 donated $3,000.
    The Citizens for a Progressive Wisconsin has sent out a series of mailers attacking Plale and produced a TV ad running in the Milwaukee market, designed to help Chris Larson, a Milwaukee County supervisor, in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
    The group reported $19,399 in independent expenditures for mailers and had $22,601 cash on hand as of Aug. 30.
    See the group’s report:

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