(CNN) – The recall elections of state senators in Wisconsin are receiving increased national attention, with both sides of the political aisle capitalizing on the events.
The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama, a conservative political action committee, used Tuesday's race as a fundraising opportunity while Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal advocacy group, and Democracy For America launched an ad in Wisconsin.
In the first of nine recall elections Tuesday, incumbent Democratic state Sen. Dave Hansen beat Republican David VanderLeest, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Elections will be held throughout the summer in response to the bitter state battle over collective bargaining rights that shut down the state legislature for weeks in February and March.
The conservative PAC sent a letter Wednesday to supporters asking for donations to help defeat Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and conservative state senators.
"If just 3 Republicans lose then Republicans will no longer control the State Legislature and Democrats will be able to block Gov. Scott Walker's budget reforms efforts and legislation," the letter read.
In the recall elections, state Democrats object to Republican legislators' support of the law while Republicans are critical of Democratic lawmakers who left the state during negotiations in opposition to Gov. Walker's agenda, in an effort to block the bill.
PCCC announced a $100,000 ad buy Wednesday that will air in the Green Bay and Madison media markets for a week.
The spot, launched in conjunction with Wisconsin's Democracy for America Recall Committee, targets Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen, who will face Democratic Assemblyman Fred Clark in an election on August 9.
The ad shows a couple blaming Olsen and the Republican budget as the reason their children have to change schools.
"Luther Olsen is part of the war on working families that is hurting schools and communities across Wisconsin - all to give tax cuts to big corporations," co-founder of PCCC Stephanie Taylor said in a statement. "The story of the Jones family is the story of families across Wisconsin. Together, they are fighting back - and they are going to win."
The Wisconsin budget bill, which was upheld by the state Supreme Court in June, sharply divided the state earlier in the year. Republicans insisted the measure was necessary to control the skyrocketing costs of public employee benefits and close the budget shortfall. Democrats argued that it was an attempt to gut public-sector labor unions, one of their core constituencies.
Under the Wisconsin law, all public workers except police and firefighters would be required to cover more of their retirement plan contributions and health care premiums.