MacIver Institute Caught Lying to Public About
Jensen’s Role, Documents Show
MADISON – Indicted felon and former Assembly Republican Speaker Scott Jensen has been secretly crafting message and manipulating results for the MacIver Institute for Public Policy, according to newly exposed documents, debunking the group’s lies that Jensen has no formal role in its message.
A recent expose by Eye on Wisconsin revealed that Jensen is actually authoring the MacIver Institute’s press releases and its polling data spreadsheets, while he awaits retrial on several felony misconduct in office charges. (Source: Eye on
“The MacIver Institute is a new right-wing conservative front group, and indicted felon Scott Jensen is secretly directing its message,” said Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “If the MacIver Institute can’t be trusted to tell the truth about Scott Jensen’s involvement, then they certainly can’t be trusted to tell the truth about the polling data and policy proposals they are pushing.”
Before Jensen was exposed as the group’s spinster-in-chief, MacIver spokesman Bob Reddin lied to reporters and members of the public about Jensen’s role.
“He has no formal role. There are currently no plans to add him, either,” said Reddin. (Source: WisPolitics PM Update, 3.4.09)
After a reporter informed Reddin that Jensen is listed as the author of the group’s press releases and data spreadsheets,
“Scott is one of the people that we have talked about that has been a contributor throughout all of this time,” said
“An indicted felon is working behind the scenes to spin the MacIver Institute’s research and survey results,” said Wineke. “Reporters should be aware that this ultra-conservative group’s research will always be skewed to make right-wing candidates and right-wing policies look more popular than they actually are.”