(CNN) – The first major ad against incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin went up statewide on Monday, ahead of the state's recall election on June 5th.
Greater Wisconsin Political Fund launched the 30-second spot with the help of $500,000 from the Democratic Governors Association in an effort to attack the first term governor's record on jobs and taxes.
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"Under Gov. Walker, Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state. Dead last," the commercial's narrator said. "We're Wisconsin; if we're dead last in the country something is wrong."
A spokeswoman for Greater Wisconsin, an independent political organization known as a 527 group, said Monday's ad is the first in a series of spots intended to run before the statewide election.
The latest step follows ads from the Republican Governors Association and outside groups that have attacked Walker's potential rivals.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, among others, will face off in the May 8 Democratic primary. Ads against the Democratic challengers have accused them of supporting policies that contributed to an increase in unemployment and taxes in their respective cities.
The Badger State race has received consistent national attention since February of 2011 when a bill, backed by Walker, passed to curtail the collective bargaining rights of state employees. Republicans in Wisconsin insisted the move was necessary to control the skyrocketing costs of public employee benefits and close the budget shortfall. Democrats argued it was an attempt to gut public-sector labor unions, one of their core constituencies.
- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.