Democratic group infuses another $1 million into Wisconsin recall election
May 24th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Democratic group infuses another $1 million into Wisconsin recall election

(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.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Wisconsin, it is sin to vote for any GOP idiot.
    They handedout 20 billion dollars each year to PAKISTAN, even though Bin Laden in Pakistan. Yes, obama 2012.

    May 24, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  2. craig

    If the folks in Wisconsin chose to retain Walker, they deserve everything that happens. This man is a wrecking crew for society, and they can't be dumb enough to hand him the keys again...can they?

    May 24, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  3. Deeg

    I think this world is comin to an rnd with money buying washington

    May 24, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  4. TomInRochNY

    It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Well, not nicer, more like bought and paid for by the right. Giving a tax cut to business by the same amount you cut from the budget. Yeah that will certainly reduce the WI budget.

    May 24, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    According to fact sources, Walker has $27 million to spend on his recall, most of it from outside sources. He was in Naples, FL, getting millions from the Kochs and their wealthy friends. I have also read that Walker is outspending Barrett 25 to 1 with his ads, mostly negative.

    May 24, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  6. John, PA

    Yes, “beef up the vote”, it’s expensive to bus paid persons around to vote multiple times. This vote, the voter, the voter ballots should be examined with a microscope. Every ill ligament voter should be prosecuted.

    Find and prosecute anyone involved with voter fraud.

    May 24, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope that Walker is recalled because he falsely drew the unions into the budget fight when their costs don't have much to do with the budget. The major costs are those everyone agreed to with the pension. Here in NJ, many governors in recent memory starting with Christie Whitman stopped putting money into the pension system like they were supposed to be doing. That is the cost that can be negotiated with the unions to br brought down.

    May 24, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  8. realitycnn

    Wisconson, this is your chance to recall Wallker, who appears to be a serial liar, crook, and job destroyer – only interested in protecting his rich friends at the expense of the 99% of Wisonsinites and middle class.. You made that mistake and voted for him in 2010, and if you vote for him again, you will have no one to blame but YOURSELFas your state continue on its path to RUIN.

    May 24, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |