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Will Embattled GOP Senator Ron Johnson Finally Answer Questions About Campaign Finance Scheme In Face Of Renewed Focus?

Last week, the DSCC launched a new digital ad campaign to highlight the many questions Ron Johnson still faces for his shady campaign finance scheme from 2010 after he seemingly orchestrated a scenario where his company spent $9 million on his own campaign.

As Johnson faces bad headlines nationally and back at home in Wisconsin, the renewed attention to his shady campaign finance past begs the question – will the vulnerable GOP senator bow to pressure and finally answer the many questions still looming over his 2010 campaign finance scheme?

The Hill: Dems Accuse Johnson Of ‘Shady Campaign Finance Scheme’

National Democrats will launch a five-figure digital ad campaign on Wednesday accusing Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) of a “shady campaign finance scheme” related to his first self-funded run for office in 2010.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) will push ads on Facebook and Twitter showing Johnson swimming in an ocean of cash and accusing him of a “$10 million FEC violation.”

“Wisconsin voters deserve to know the truth about Ron Johnson’s shady $10 million deal,” the ad states.

Johnson, an independently wealthy business executive, self-funded his 2010 campaign with about $9 million of his own money. In 2011, Johnson’s company paid him $10 million in a deferred compensation arrangement that Democrats are calling a reimbursement scheme meant to skirt campaign finance laws.

Politico Morning Score: DSCC To Run Digital Ads Questioning Johnson Payment

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will spend the next two weeks pressuring Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) over a $10-million payment Johnson received from his family company shortly after spending $9 million on his campaign back in 2010. (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel broke the news of Johnson receiving the payments in 2011.) The DSCC’s sustained attack will eventually include digital ads. The committee is starting by asking Johnson when the company decided he would receive the deferred compensation package, who authorized the payment and how it was determined he would make $10 million.

WisPolitics: Dems Are Taking New Shots At The $10 Million Compensation Package U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson Received

Dems are taking new shots at the $10 million compensation package U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson received from his Oshkosh-based plastics company shortly before taking office in 2011. 

That includes digital ads from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee accusing Johnson of a “$10 million FEC violation.”

Johnson, R-Oshkosh, has said the payout was not related to the $9 million of his own money he poured into his 2010 campaign to beat then-Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Middleton.

“Ron Johnson has tried to outrun questions about his shady campaign finance scheme for months, but in the face of new pressure it’s only a matter of time before Johnson is finally forced to come clean about what he did,” said Sadie Weiner, DSCC National Press Secretary. “These questions won’t disappear anytime soon, and Ron Johnson owes it to Wisconsinites to do the right thing and finally come clean.”

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