Incumbent outraised Democratic challenger in Wisconsin gubernatorial contest
May 29th, 2012
08:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Incumbent outraised Democratic challenger in Wisconsin gubernatorial contest

(CNN) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign raised $5 million in the last month, while his recall election challenger - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett - brought in $3.1 million, their campaigns said on Tuesday.

Just one week out from the election, Walker had $1.6 cash on hand and Barrett had nearly $1.5 available to spend in this campaign, which has so far attracted millions of dollars of outside spending.

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Walker, a Republican, is facing Barrett after a two year fight over collective bargaining rights for public employee unions. Both parties have cast the debate as a larger referendum on the role of government and polices supported by both parties.

In a statement, Walker said his campaign received more than 54,000 contributions between April 24 and May 21, the majority of those below $50. His campaign said he had raised more than $20 million since the beginning of the year.

"More than 73 percent of our contributions were for $50 or less, showing that as the election draws closer, Governor Walker's grassroots support is as strong as ever," Ciara Matthews, Walker's campaign communications director, wrote in a statement. "Governor Walker's reforms have proven successful for the state by saving taxpayers more than $1 billion and helping to create more than 35,000 jobs since January 2011. It is because of this tremendous success that voters continue to stand with Governor Walker."

Barrett's campaign, meanwhile, touted the 27,000 new donors their campaign has brought on in the last two months. That includes time both before and after the May 8 primary, which Barrett won.

"It's clear Tom's support comes from tremendous energy from the grassroots, while Walker continues to raise unlimited money. And no Democratic candidate for governor in the history of this state has received this level of support," Barrett communications director Phil Walzak wrote in a statement.

Recent polling suggests Walker holds an advantage over Barrett, following months of funds channeled into the state from national groups and a consistent barrage of advertising.

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Filed under: Fundraising • Scott Walker • Tom Barrett • Wisconsin
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. T'sah From Virginia

    The rich is buying the entire election – Look at Adelson and Wall Street – flocking to Romney – they want to keep their tax cuts and Wall Street does not want REGULATIONS – the things R-Money promises if he gets elected.

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    Obama 2012 – The ONLY Trusted Way Forward!!!

    Off to work – Have a nice Day!!!

    May 30, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  2. Sean Kennedy

    Wisconsin taxpayers should be appaled and outraged that out-of-state Union money is funding the Democrat rival to Gov Walker. Wisconsin has started back on the road to fiscal recovery. The state belongs to all its citizens, not just the public employees union members.

    May 30, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  3. marjee123

    And if mostly all came from billionaires across the nation. while he accuses Democrats of raising money from outside sources, the Koch Bros have sent buses all over Illinois in particlar touting free food and accomdations for people to come to Wisconsin and demonstrate for Walker. The billionaires are funneling money into Wisconsin like it was the presidential race. Won't do em any good. Walker has two indicments coming up after the election. They are waiting for after the election as to not influence it. One for using his whole staff when he was the manager of the county to send out mail, campaign and use every facility to get him elected to governor ...state money... at least fifteen people have been either investigated or arrested. But the big one is illegal rigging of no bid contracts. Probably to the Koch Bros. The Feds will probably go for RICCO on that one. I think they should just come out and annouce the two indictments because it would be a shame if he won and then they had to have another election because he went to federal prison.

    May 30, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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