Tuesday July 22, 2014
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A spokeswoman for Trek Bicycles says its full page newspaper advertisement complies with Wisconsin law and is constitutionally protected free speech.
The Wisconsin Republican Party on Tuesday filed a complaint with the state elections board saying the ad that ran Sunday in Madison and Milwaukee newspapers was an illegal campaign contribution to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.
Her father started Trek and she formerly worked for the company.
Trek spokeswoman Marina Marich says Gov. Scott Walker's television ad last week clearly attacked Trek and "Trek is entitled to defend itself under the First Amendment by running its own advertisements containing the true facts."
Walker's ad says Burke made millions while working for a company that shipped jobs overseas where woman and children earn as little as $2 an hour.
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