Reality Check: Walker won't release identities of workers in ad

News 3 cannot verify any stories in ad

Reality Check: Walker won't release identities of workers in ad

MADISON, Wis. - A new ad from Gov. Scott Walker shows a number of people who thank the governor for their new jobs, but News 3 cannot verify any of their stories.

"I was out of work for two years," says one man in the ad. "I got some training and now I'm back at work."

The man is followed by a woman and three other men all saying they've gotten jobs recently and thanking the governor, saying "It's working."

News 3 can't verify this information because Walker's campaign won't tell us who the people are. We requested information to verify their job status and residency, and to confirm they're not actors. A campaign spokeswoman said they are residents, but that the campaign is "respecting the wishes of private citizens who prefer not to release their information." We then asked the campaign if that was the case, then why those residents would appear in a statewide ad campaign. They had no comment.

"Wisconsin's unemployment rate is down," Walker says in the ad. "Job growth is up."

"I got more money for the kids," an unidentified woman says.

News 3 finds this needs clarification.

Unemployment is down during Walker's term, starting at 7.8 percent in December 2010 and 5.8 percent in July. Job growth is also up by just more than 100,000 jobs, but that isn't the 250,000 jobs the governor promised in his 2010 campaign.

Once again, News 3 wasn't able to verify the identity of the woman who claimed to have more money, so we can't verify whether or how she got money, if she has children, or is acting.

"That's why Gov. Walker invested over $100 million into worker training so people can land the jobs that will keep Wisconsin moving forward," an announcer says in the ad.

News 3 finds this also needs clarification. The campaign gave us a list of money he's invested, totaling $118 million in state funding for worker training. Of that list, we'd say about $80 million of it is new state money for training programs. About $5 million was general funding for tech schools and $35 million was unused money shifted from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

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