Democratic group makes $100k Wisconsin push in final days
June 2nd, 2012
11:57 AM ET
2 years ago

Democratic group makes $100k Wisconsin push in final days

(CNN) - The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced on Saturday it is spending $100,000 in the last five days before the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall vote.

This latest spend brings the PCCC's investment supporting the recall of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, plus his lieutenant and several state legislators, to $300,000, the group said, with two thirds of that coming in the last two weeks.

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The election, which is now three days away, has seen investments and visits from national groups and high profile politicians.

President Bill Clinton campaigned on Friday for Democratic candidate Tom Barrett, who is the mayor of Milwaukee.

Barrett also saw campaign support from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

On the Republican side, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley have visited the state to support Walker.

Haley argued in a Friday campaign stop that a win for Walker would set a precedent for the power of governors nationwide.

Although he was in neighboring Minnesota on Friday, President Barack Obama has not been in Wisconsin. His campaign told CNN that he supports Barrett. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, a Republican who is on the recall ballot, said Obama's absence "speaks volumes" and that he "doesn't want to be associated with a losing campaign."

The three most recent polls of Wisconsin voters show Walker ahead of Barrett, and campaign financial filings showed Walker ahead in recent fundraising, too.

The latest $100,000 from the PCCC includes $31,000 for television and online advertizing, the group said, and $71,000 for the Wisconsin Democratic Party. Prior investments in the race included funds for field operations, the group said.

The recall was spurred by a Walker-backed law, signed in March 2011, to limit the collective bargaining rights of state worker unions.

Voters are to cast their ballots on Tuesday.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Chris Welch, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Bob McDonnell • Chris Christie • Marco Rubio • PCCC • Scott Walker • Tom Barrett • Wisconsin
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Walker – $30 million in negative ads, Barrett – $2 million. That is as close to even as it gets under Citizens United, so it is time to send Walker packing.

    June 2, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I would like to welcome all the new minimum wage hires from the Kochs, Fox foreign owned media, and Rove, for posting their right wingnut lies.

    June 2, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Living in the REAL world

    Just more money wasted by the Democrats and progressives which is a good thing because it will be money they don't have for November. Walker will win again and the Wisconsin taxpayers will have wasted $20 million because of their little temper tantrum. $20 million dollars should be taken from the union pension plan to repay the taxpayers.

    June 2, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Internet Child

    Is Wisconsin a right-to-work state?

    June 2, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. rob

    When Walker wins tuesday the media/Dems propaganda machine will be silent. All the dire consequences predicted by the Unions and the Dems have not come true. In fact just the opposite is happening. No layoffs, the economic policies of Gov Walker are increasing revenue for the state which means more jobs and prosperity for everyone This a huge repudiation of the Public Sector Democrat game thats been going on for years. The Union collects dues from the workers, they give out campaign cash to their Democrat Reps and then when they win they sit down together and negotiate contracts that are in the long run bankrupt the govt. Its been going on for decades and the bills are coming due. This is not good news for the left and especially for the Dems in Govt. including President Obama. Thats why the issue will just go away in the press.

    The American public will not be fooled anymore, the Liberal media's monopoly on the news is over.

    June 2, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. O.T.

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren of MA got caught lying that she was part Native American to secure the job and other benefits that come with that minority status. It really is terrible behavior. Then she lied about lying. This seems like an interesting social and political development. But CNN has chosen not to cover it. I wonder if the network would have made the same decision if the liar and cheat had been a Republican, or a conservative?

    June 2, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Lizzie

    Get out and vote one way or the other. If you want state union employees not private union employees to keep buying with their vote state legislators to gain more benefits, then so be it.

    June 2, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Haley says "a win for Walker would set a precedent for the power of governors nationwide", really. How can that be so when Romney and Republicans are disclaiming Governors qualifications for President because Businessmen are more qualified. Haley you've been in the sun too long.

    June 2, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |