In response to video, Ellis says he's done nothing illegal

State Sen. Mike Ellis (R-Neenah)
State Sen. Mike Ellis (R-Neenah)

MADISON - Republican State Sen. Mike Ellis of Neenah is firing back after a hidden-camera video of him was posted online.

A conservative activist known for his hidden-camera videos released audio on Wednesday of Ellis talking about raising money for a super Political Action Committee to attack his Democratic opponent, Rep. Penny Bernard-Schaber of Appleton.

The video appears to show Ellis discussing campaign fundraising ideas that, if developed, would be illegal.

However, Ellis says he has done nothing wrong.

The video was posted on the website for Project Veritas, a group founded by and led by a 30-year-old New Jersey man who calls himself a progressive radical.

Ellis is running for re-election in November.

Ellis has been at odds with Republicans who are labeled as more conservative throughout his 43 years in the state Senate.

In a statement, Ellis said the recorded conversation shows him talking about one of many potential ideas that he bounced off others after work.

He said after the video was taken, he was told the fundraising idea was illegal and that idea went no further.

Bernard-Schaber told FOX 11 she hadn't seen the video and would continue to run a positive campaign.

The video is available here (CAUTION: contains some profanities):