According to an independent expenditure filing with the state Ethics Commission, a Washington, D.C.-based group calling itself Wisconsin RINO Hunters spent $624,540 on digital advertising and mailers opposing GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels’ bid for election. The ads claim Joan Beglinger is the “true conservative choice” and that Michels “lied about an NRA endorsement” and “flip-flopped on abortion.” According to the filing, the group’s treasurer is Mike McCauley, of McCauley & Associates, an accounting firm specializing in political compliance services. The firm’s website says McCauley has worked for several state Republican parties and also served as Utah Republican Party’s treasurer for 13 years.

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