Stewart Mills distances himself from recording suggesting his family supports illegal PAC

A screengrab from the video report.
A video report published yesterday by a conservative group called Project Veritas suggests Wisconsin Senate President Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, wanted to create an illegal super PAC to go after his Democratic challenger.

During the course of a barroom conservation that was secretly recorded last month, Ellis name drops some of the people he expects to give $50,000 to his PAC, including "Stu" and Henry Mills.

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"I have a $400,000 committee and [Republican fundraiser] Judi Rhodes will -- I'm raising the money, she will manufacture the crap," Ellis said. "I want Judi, somebody else, to attack."

But the big problem with Ellis's plan is that Wisconsin law makes it a felony offense to coordinate a campaign with the activities of a organization like the one he had in mind. And possible illegality aside, it's also a terrible look for Ellis, a longtime advocate for campaign finance reform, to be involved in a scheme of that sort.

We contacted the campaign of Stewart Mills, the Republican frontrunner to challenge Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan in Minnesota's 8th congressional district later this year, to get his response to the Project Veritas report. (Stewart Mills is vice president of Mills Fleet Farm, which has headquarters both in Brainerd and in Appleton, Wisconsin.)

Stewart Mills
Not only does Mills deny involvement, but he says the "Stu" Ellis refers to in the secret recording isn't even him.

The Mills campaign released the following statement to City Pages on behalf of Stewart Mills:
"Senator Ellis's comments referred to my father Stew Mills, Jr. and my uncle Hank Mills. I am not involved, have not been involved, and will not be involved in any way in Senator Ellis's 2014 reelection. Furthermore, Senator Ellis's implication regarding my family's involvement is presumptuous."
Asked about the explosive secret recording by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Ellis said he didn't understand at the time that his involvement in an organization of that sort would be illegal. He says he scrapped the idea as soon as he realized the super PAC he had in mind would involve unlawful campaign coordination.

Click to page two to watch the Project Veritas report.

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TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

This sound very much like the MN DFL coordinating campaign activities with the unions here.  Maybe MN needs to unify laws so the laws apply to unions as it does PACs. 

Apparently, "fair" is simply a talking point.

midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

I love Mills Fleet Farm, that store is everything Wal Mart should have been and more. Wal Mart is full of useless junk all from China while Fleet Farm gives you the choice of U.S. made or China made for many products, and the stuff at Fleet Farm is stuff you can actually use. I love all the hardware, tools, and work jeans at Fleet Farm. Keep up the good work Stewart!

ron.fresquez topcommenter

Stewart Mills is a Packe fan. That is just lovely.

CinBlueland topcommenter

Cue liberal circle jerk in 3,2,1

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland  Only a stupid cowardly bootlicker would pretend rich people buying elections isn't a big deal.   Where is your spine you stupid coward?  You really are a pathetic servile little brownnoser aren't you?   Rich scum like this are plotting to break the law and influence elections and all you do is shrug your shoulders?    Go kiss more ass you coward.

Anyone with a brain knows Republicans are bought and paid for by rich people.  The Kochs and the Mills have taken over Wisconsin.  Are we going to let it happen here?   Dumb little bootlickers like cin would love to kneel to the rich but true Americans are going to stand up to these greedy corrupt bastards.  Their money can't buy elections.  Republicans are more than happy to be slaves to the rich.  Anyone with a spine and a brain is going to vote DFL.  


We'd love to have a circle jerk...

...but the space is currently occupied by #Benghazi mouthbreathers and people sending Tweets to Piers Morgan about 'knife control'...

TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann Didn't we all just learn that MN Democrats broke state campaign finance laws?  Yes, and most were "rich" with union money.   

And all you did was shrug your shoulders...

Wow MB, I hear Obama lied to the people so he could leave Gitmo open just for you. 

TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

@MicheleBachmannYou do know unions buy elections every cycle?  Want to see the money trail?

And that's funny MB;  you say "Anyone with a spine and a brain is going to vote DFL"  

Yep, the very first vote people take in life is usually for democrats.  Then they age and gather wisdom.  

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