Journal Sentinel’s latest bomb in war on Johnson

Empower Wisconsin | Nov. 7, 2022

MADISON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s campaign is punching back at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and its war on the Republican incumbent after the newspaper’s latest hit piece.

“In the future, when anyone wonders why more good people don’t run for public office, have them study the false attacks and character assassinations used by Democrats and their allies in the media during the 2022 U.S. Senate and governor elections in Wisconsin,” said Johnson campaign spokesman Ben Voelkel. “And now the Journal Sentinel is shamefully digging into the legitimate business activities of Senator Johnson’s adult children. Where does this all end?”

On Friday, the newspaper that long ago declared war on Wisconsin’s senior senator published a piece headlined, “Ron Johnson fought for a tax cut as his family was amassing luxury real estate around the country.”

The story is another in a long line attacking Johnson for being wealthy and for voting for the 2017 tax cut that has helped a lot of Americans keep a lot more of their wealth. In particular, Johnson backed provisions in the law that benefitted so-called pass-through companies, the vast majority of businesses in America.

Much of the piece is regurgitated scorn, but the latest twist on this opposition research masking as journalism is that Johnson’s family benefited from the tax break.

“Records show that Johnson’s three adult children are the beneficiaries of a family trust and are listed as managers of about 10 companies registered with the state Department of Financial Institutions. Many of the companies also list Johnson’s wife, Jane, as a manager,” the newspaper reports on the publicly available documents.

“Those LLCs and the family trust own about two dozen properties around the nation with assessed values of $21 million, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review of property records and other documents.”

So? As the newspaper is forced to note — 15 paragraphs in — there is nothing illegal about Johnson’s family using the deduction.

There is something atrocious, however, about a newspaper that pretends to be unbiased running a class warfare hit piece on Johnson three days before the election. Although, regular readers of the Journal Sentinel have come to expect that the news room is merely an extension of the USA Today Network-Wisconsin editorial board, despite the board’s assertions to the contrary. That editorial board has long called for Johnson’s ouster.

“It’s clear at this point that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is nothing more than the propaganda arm of the Wisconsin Democrat Party,” the Johnson campaign said.

The campaign notes:

  • Johnson has paid more than $1.7 million in state taxes since 2005 — more than $100,000 per year. The media knows this, and they gloss over that fact as they help the Democrats paint the narrative that Ron doesn’t pay his fair share.
  • Johnson’s liberal opponent, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, dodged paying taxes.
  • Johnson went up against members of his own party in supporting the more than 90 percent of U.S. businesses that are pass-throughs so they could compete on a level playing field.
  • The Johnsons have no beneficial interest in any of their children’s investments. This story is entirely an attack on their children’s success in business.

“There has been more ink spilled on Ron Johnson’s kid’s completely legal, legitimate success in business than there ever was on Hunter Biden’s corrupt business dealings in China and Ukraine,” the Johnson campaign said.

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2 responses to “Journal Sentinel’s latest bomb in war on Johnson”

  1. Sheila hafemann Avatar
    Sheila hafemann

    I would like to know how much the democratic money went to the Milwaukee journal to pay them off

  2. T Zuehlsdorf Avatar
    T Zuehlsdorf

    I do wonder why more good people aren’t running for office, however RoJo is a worthless lying political hack, so wouldn’t fall into the category of good people that should run for office.

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