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Report: Ron Johnson Interested in Stimulus Money


OSHKOSH, Wis. (WTAQ) - An Oshkosh newspaper reports Republican candidate for Senate Ron Johnson called to ask about federal stimulus money in March of last year.

Johnson has been strongly critical of the federal stimulus bill that incumbent opponent Russ Feingold voted for. Johnson reportedly asked the CEO of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation about stimulus money and whether it could be applied to that city's $1.8 million renovation of the Grand Opera House.

Eileen Connolly-Keesler confirms the call in an e-mail. Johnson's campaign says he may have asked a question or two, but that doesn't mean he supports the stimulus effort or even wanted the money.

Feingold's camp says the story raises questions about Johnson's credibility and the Republican needs to provide some honest answers.