Dan Kohl’s Contradictory Congressional Campaign Ads

Congressional Democrat candidate Dan Kohl recently released three ads, in which he states that he is not a politician, that he won’t take money from corporate PACs, that he will fight for term limits and that he won’t vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. However despite what Kohl tells the camera, his history tells a different story.

Kohl is facing incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman in November in the 6th Congressional District. In all three of the newly release ads, Kohl starts off by saying, “I am not a politician.” However despite the repeated phrase, the ads fail to mention that Kohl’s political career began in 2008, when he ran and lost for State Assembly. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported in 2009 that the campaign cost him $311,709 dollars.

Additionally the MacIver Institute reported that Kohl has served on the George Soros funded nonprofit advocacy group J Street as the political director and as vice president of political affairs, and although J Street’s main focus is Middle East policy, the Washington, D.C.-based group has pumped millions of dollars into liberal causes and candidates:

Over the past five election cycles, J Street’s political action committee has contributed almost exclusively to Democrat candidates, including hundreds of thousands of dollars to Wisconsin ultra liberals, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee).

…the activist group Kohl helped craft keeps company with politicians bent on breaking ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and breaking the bank with costly socialist experiments like Medicare for All.

In the ad “This Money” Kohl states that he “won’t take money from Corporate PACs.” However, Kohl served on the JStreetPAC board, and was tasked with expanding their donor base to fuel lobbying activities. The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle reported in 2009 that Kohl stated his first task as political director of J Street was, “to broaden and deepen J Street’s nationwide network of major donors and activists into a political action network that will drive the organization’s lobbying and advocacy operation.” Although the ad states Kohl would not take money from corporate PACs a Federal Election Commission report shows that he has received tens of thousands of dollars from PACs to the Kohl for Congress campaign.

In Kohl’s ad titled “This vote” he vows not to vote for Nancy Pelosi because “both parties need new leaders,” a view perhaps influenced by the growing number of Democratic candidates who have denounced her in a bid for better political standing. Politico reported that there were “at least 20 House Democratic challengers who’ve publicly rejected the minority leader on the campaign trail.” Regardless of who eventually holds the speaker title, it is clear that the Democrats would support a far-left agenda including tax hikes and potentially abolishing ICE, if given majority control.

In the ad “This limit”  Kohl says he supports term limits, but he’s helped in financing the campaigns of longtime Democratic politicians while working for J Street. In fact, Kohl was also honored by J Street for his close ties to senior Democratic leadership in 2016.

Alec Zimmerman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin commented on Kohl attempting to use the ads to position himself as an outsider: “The only part of D.C. Dan that makes him an ‘outsider’ is the Washington address where he spent the better part of the last decade lobbying the swamp and supporting liberal Democrats like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Kohl’s deeply misleading ads are part of the same Washington political games he’s been playing for years — this is exactly the sort of thing Wisconsin voters are fed up with.”