(CNN) - With less than two weeks to go until the recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the Democratic Governors Association says it's spending an additional $1 million to try and oust the Republican governor.
The DGA announced Thursday morning that the additional $1 million will be used to support television commercials already running statewide in Wisconsin, as well as to beef up get out the vote efforts in the 12 days remaining until the June 5 vote.
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The DGA says that the new expenditure brings to over $3 million the amount the organization has spent in Wisconsin, which they say is more than what they spent in the state in both the 2006 and 2010 gubernatorial contests, and "underscores our commitment to highlighting Scott Walker's worst-in-the-nation record on job creation."
According to a Marquette Law School poll released last week, 50% of people likely to vote in the election said they back Walker, with 44% saying they support Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic challenger, and 3% unsure. Barrett won his party's primary earlier this month, setting up a rematch with Walker from the 2010 election that Walker won by five points.
The Republican Governors Association, which has been aggressively assisting Walker in the recall showdown, said Wednesday they were launching their seventh television ad in the state. The DGA isn't running TV ads directly in Wisconsin, but instead is funding spots run by Greater Wisconsin, a group affiliated with the DGA.
Both tea party groups and other grassroots and fiscal conservative organizations on the right, and labor groups and progressive organizations on the left, are also raising and spending big bucks in the recall campaign.
Walker set off a firestorm in January 2010 when he moved to curtail the collective bargaining rights of most Wisconsin state employees.
With majorities in both houses of the legislature, Walker and his GOP allies voted to limit raises for public employees, except police and firefighters, to the rate of inflation, as well as bar unions from deducting dues from workers' paychecks and force them to hold a new certification vote every year. That bill was signed into law in March, following weeks of protests at the state capitol building in Madison.
Republicans insisted it 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.
The public demonstrations all but shut down the Wisconsin state legislature for weeks. It also drew protesters by the tens of thousands, among them union supporters and public employees, who called the measure an attack on workers. A group of Democratic lawmakers left the state for some time in an effort to not allow a quorum for a vote.
The state Supreme Court upheld the controversial law last June, but the battle sparked a storm of political activism that led to the recall effort.