Updated: 10:35 a.m.
The Republican National Committee is set to air a TV ad in Wisconsin that further ties President Barack Obama to the public employee union protests in the state and seeks to raise funds for 2012.
The ad encourages supporters to “fight back” against “Obama and the union bosses … standing in the way of economic reform.” The ad states that unions spent a total of $680 million to help elect Obama in 2008 and other Democrats in 2010.
“They made this mess. Let’s clean it up,” the ad’s announcer says. “Stop Obama and his union bosses today.”
The ad directs viewers to obamasunionbosses.com, where they can donate to the RNC suggested amounts ranging from $20 to $2,000.
“With the same union bosses lined up to fund Barack Obama’s billion dollar re-election campaign, we must continue to stand with Republican governors across the country who are fighting to move their states and the country forward,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who is from Wisconsin, said in a statement.
“Concerned citizens are encouraged to join this cause by logging on to GOP.com and standing up for responsible fiscal leadership.”
The RNC said the ad buy would run through the end of the week on television in Madison and Milwaukee.
Watch the ad:
A DNC spokeswoman told Roll Call she believes the ad pushes a “failed message” that will turn off independent and blue collar voters in “key 2012 battleground states.”
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