Ellis won’t seek re-election following video

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican Senate President Mike Ellis will not seek re-election this fall, following the release of a secretly recorded video in which he discusses an illegal campaign finance scheme.

Ellis’s spokesman Scott Kelly confirmed Friday that Ellis was dropping out, marking the end of a 44-year legislative career. Kelly says a statement was being prepared.

Ellis’s decision to drop out comes just two days after the release of a secret recording by Project Veritas, a national organization led by conservative activist James O’Keefe.

In the video, recorded two weeks ago, Ellis talks about creating a super PAC to spend money attacking his Democratic opponent state Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber.

Ellis said he did not pursue the idea after realizing it was illegal.

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