GREEN BAY - Former Wisconsin Governor and Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson released a TV ad Tuesday.
It charges that Democratic opponent Tammy Baldwin voted against helping those affected by the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Watch Thompson's ad:
On Wednesday, Baldwin released an ad in response citing her votes in favor of 9/11 victims. The ad then claims Thompson profited from the events surrounding 9/11, making more than $3 million.
Watch Baldwin's ad:
So between the accusations in the two ads, where do they all stand? Well, we did a FOX 11 Fact Check.
Thompson's claim that in 2006 Baldwin did not vote for House Resolution 994, honoring the victims of September 11, 2001 is true.
She, along with 20 other Democrats and Republican Texas Congressman Ron Paul, voted against the resolution.
Baldwin's campaign says she voted against the resolution because it contained items endorsing the controversial Patriot Act and immigration reform.
"She stood up for what is right and stands by her record," explained John Kraus, Baldwin's campaign spokesman. "She did the right thing in calling out and speaking out against members of congress who were trying to use the anniversary of 9/11 for political purposes."
But Baldwin did vote for other bills or resolutions related to honoring 9/11 victims, as she claims in her ad.
Baldwin's claim that Thompson's health care company – La Crosse-based Logistics Health, Inc. – made money surrounding the events of 9/11 is true. In 2008, it received an $11 million government contract through the Centers for Disease Control to treat workers and first responders who worked at Ground Zero. But Logistics Health was criticized for not providing benefits quickly enough.
As far as the money made – after checking Public Financial Disclosure reports from Center for Responsive Politics and filings with the U.S. Senate, FOX 11 found out Thompson made $240,000 in 2007 as the head Logistics Health, contracted to do the work for the CDC.
He also made more than $3 million when the company was sold in 2011.
FOX 11 contacted the Thompson campaign to discuss both ads, but no one was made available.
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