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In Senator Feingold’s new ad, he features some footage designed to make the argument that his $787 stimulus bill created Wisconsin jobs. 

One piece of footage features a nameplate being placed outside an office or cubicle, and it appears the person named does not exist – not in voter databases, nothing on Lexus-Nexus, no such person on Facebook or other social media.  In fact, the only Elizabeth Ackland that could be found in Wisconsin died in 1877

It would be strange, if Feingold’s argument is true and Wisconsinites really did benefit from his stimulus bill, that he would need to make up a person, or use a long-departed person, to represent a job created in his campaign ad.

 Russ? Russ?

UPDATE:" The National Republican Senate Campaign has picked up on the story:



“Senator Feingold needs to come clean to Wisconsin voters immediately.  Did he claim in his political ad that a fake or deceased person benefitted from his failed $787 billion stimulus bill?  If so, it’s both desperate and shockingly dishonest, and Feingold should take the ad down immediately.” – Chris Bond, NRSC spokesman


As a reminder, Senator Feingold’s boss, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), was recently caught launching a campaign ad that featured a teacher whose job wasn’t actually saved by the stimulus, as the ad claimed.


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