Thompson: "I don't think that's right ... I don't think that people should buy an election."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that six days before Thompson criticized Eric Hovde for using his own money to try and “buy an election,” Thompson began funneling $350,000 to his own campaign. 
"I don't think that's right," Thompson told reporters and editors of the Journal Sentinel on Aug. 2. "I don't think that people should buy an election." 
“D.C. insider and lobbyist Tommy Thompson could be professor emeritus at the Washington School for Disingenuous Politicians,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate. “After railing against Eric Hovde for trying to buy the election, Tommy Thompson went ahead and tried to buy the election. Thompson has made a fortune on K Street and is doing exactly what he criticized Eric Hovde for doing. Sounds like typical Washington double speak.”
Thompson made millions by cashing in on his political connections and peddling his influence on behalf of special interests as a Washington lobbyist. Just yesterday, Thompson campaigned with fellow lobbyist and Washington, D.C. insider Newt Gingrich.
 - Neumann, Thompson kicking own money into Senate bids (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 2, 2012)
 - Thompson won't spend his millions in Senate race (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 2, 2012)