Incumbent outraised Democratic challenger in Wisconsin gubernatorial contest
May 29th, 2012
08:16 PM ET
11 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. Angy

    HEY WISCONSIN if you people vote to keep this lying rethugian in office then good luck to you. you deserve what you get.

    May 29, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Larry L

    What a shock! The fat-cats could raise more money than the working people! Next thing we know the Republicans will be supporting only the rich...

    May 29, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Walker and FL governor Rick Scott should be in jail.

    May 29, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. steve

    The problem that Scott Walker faces is that money from out of state sources doesn't win elections.

    May 29, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. Mike-WA

    When you have the Koch brothers funding you, what do you expect. Wisconsinites must be so proud to have sold their souls to the Koch brothers. Guarteed that they will get in return minimum wage jobs if they even get that. Corruption is taking over America and Wisconsin is the breeding ground.

    May 29, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    It's those millionaire Republicans backing their puppet. The middle class can't donate that much. It's probably a lie that all of it is coming from $50.00 donors.

    May 29, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. B

    Wisconsin is the birthplace of the Labor Movement and it was a symbolic victory for the GOP when Scott Walker signed legislation into law to bring down organized labor. In order to maintain this victory, money is pouring into this race to save Walker's butt. Walker's defeat would be a devastating blow and would send shockwaves throughout the GOP. A Wisconsin's rejection of Walker will become a bellwether for the nation's rejection of the Republican Party come this November.

    May 29, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  8. Grow up already...

    Scotty's trying to buy his way back into office through the use of his millionaire friends. Tell they Wisconsin is not for sale! Vote Barrett!

    May 29, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. Pete

    Walker has everything to lose,it'll be the shot heard around the political world if he loses.It will start a domino effect which will reflect the sentiment nationwide what all middleclass and poor are thinking,get rid of all the teabaggers in government starting at the governors,they're no good for America,it'll come easier with time because of the teaparty losing face and power with the continuing recalls being held nationwide.Their monitary supply will dwindle because of the multiple unexpected campaigns and their losses mounting .It'll be all over but the crying if it starts with Walker this June and ends with Romneys defeat by the incumbent in November..

    May 29, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. Lunatic's on Parade !

    Walker need's to go , period ! Nobody need's a politician like him , that run's on one thing and does something totally opposite of what they ran on when elected ! Hopefully the people of Wisconsin wise up and give that joker the boot !

    May 29, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. cartman

    Of course he did. Who wants to bet on the losing horse?

    May 29, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    It doesn't really matter seein' as how Walker has his election thugs counting the vote. It's like watching Stalin in action. He also has the WI Supreme Court in his back pocket. People everywhere need to watch Wisconsin to see how democracy is stolen.

    May 29, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    Wonder how long it took Team Walker to break down that 1.6 million in Koch money into 50 dollar increments from the "grass roots"?

    May 29, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. Nft

    Wisconsin used to be a state with some integrity, but as with the rest of this country has gone down the drain in which the rot must surely be similar to the corruption of the Roman Empire. Eventually, the USA will be another example of a fallen empire. Walker is a southern carpet bagger moved north and represents the worst of what is spoiling this country.

    May 29, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    this so called election has been bought and paid for by the Koch Brothers, Crossroads, and Citizens United. Walker went cross country begging for money and crying on FoxNews and it worked. I will give him credit though he did what he needed to do whereas the Democrats practically ignored this contest. Now they are trying to play catchup like they did when they lost the Senate seat in Massachusetts and the seat in lower NY. grassroots can not beat cold hard cash and I think the Dems main hope is after Walkeer wins he gets indicted for the crimes he is accused of.

    May 29, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Bought and payed for !

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will end up in Jail sooner or later !

    He has the most corrupt staff next to Nikki Haley .

    May 29, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. enuff

    It jusst means deep pockets are trying to buy the election. Wonder what the Koch Brothers promised. Fortunately, the grass root groups also have their votes too.

    May 29, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  18. JBlooze

    I hope it's a landslide against him. How can any of the people of Wisconsin even consider this guy being there is a good idea..

    May 29, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that there is too much money involved in politics. This hurts the democratic process. If there was something that could get more average people into office, we might be better off. Having Walker, an ideologue, and his corporate overlords don't understand or care about the public workers that help people.

    May 29, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  20. Molly

    Walker won't win in spite of spending millions of dollars on TV and radio ads and mailers. Isn't it interesting that in spite of all of this spending over several months, all of the polls show that Walker can't get over 50% in the polls? Can you imagine what his polling would look like without all of this money? He would have sunk like a lead balloon.

    Many polling places are reporting record turnouts and they think it will approach the level of the voter turnout in 2008 for the Presidential election. This is good news for Barrett as a large turnout will favor him.

    May 29, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  21. wisconsin101

    Go Walker. We are tired of the public unions raping the citizens of Wisconsin. They do not contribute to my retirement and pensions so why should the taxpayers have to pay for their retirements. I and many others have no problem with their wages. The issue is outrageous pensions & benefits & that is what the recall is all about. Getting CB back to get back what they had to give up. original pension contributed 0.2%, today 4%. HC was 2%, today 6%. This is what they the unions spent millions on and forced Wisconsinites millions more on this recall. Shame on them, they should have waited for the next election cycle. Because of the turmoil, companies have been reluctant to hire or move to WI. That you job killing democrats

    May 30, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  22. John/kc

    The Koch brothers probably gave the extra 5 million. They have much to gain in a Walker victory.

    May 30, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  23. steven harnack

    Of course he did. The Koch boys just gave him their pocket change while the Democrats got 5 or 10 bucks from working people. How much do you think that it's worth for the Kochs to bust unions and pay women 60% of what they would have to pay a man? They're investing in their boy to get some huge returns.

    May 30, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  24. T. P.

    "[...] Walker had $1.6 cash on hand and Barrett had nearly $1.5 available to spend in this campaign [...]"

    i just checked my pockets. i have $1.75. i'm going to be a governor!

    May 30, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  25. Mollybee

    C'mon, Wisconsin. Get OUT and vote this enemy of the middle class OUT!

    May 30, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
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