June 5th, 2012
05:53 PM ET
10 years ago

Dollars roll in from far beyond Wisconsin for recall

Washington (CNN) - Millions of phone calls have been made. Thousands of yard signs are posted on Badger State lawns. Television ads blanket the Wisconsin airwaves.

All of this frenetic activity in Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall comes at an unprecedented price tag: Upward of $63 million, and that doesn't take into account money raised the last three weeks that hasn't been registered yet.


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  1. Devon

    Nice Job Scalia, Roberts & Kennedy. Whats next the Salt Lake Temple & its BILLIONS to fund its greatest Son. Scary combination. The head Tabby Nackle of an ENTIRE STATE. Bishop[ Romney is the Farthest thing from The Seperation of Church & State. Fact Bishop Romney was the highest Tabby Nackle in the STATE of Massachusetts. Get ready for a Cult in Salt Lake to Re Write America. S C A R Y.

    June 5, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. American

    I pray the good people of Wisconsin recall Walker today. It is not right the way Walker, Rove & the Koch Brothers attack American workers.

    June 5, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. ja

    voters across the country need to recall many more elected and appointed officals starting at the local level and not exempting the congress and the supreme court

    June 5, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |

    When one candidate is outspending the other by a 7-1 margin, that's when you know our democracy is being threatened. How is it the man who the people want ousted is outfundraising his opponent? He's a corporate puppet. Walker and his fascist ideology need to go away.

    June 5, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Anonymous

    "It's a mind-blowing amount of money, especially for a state as small and inexpensive politically as Wisconsin."

    $63 million is definitely mind-blowing. Especially for what will amount to the possiblity of re-electing a corrupt politician who should never have won his first election back in 2010. This hostile take-over of Wisconsin - pitting neighbor against neighbor - is best left for the southern states. Those states thrive on anger and hate.

    That this neighbor against neighbor anger has come to Wisconsin is very disheartening. You sow what you reap, Wisconsin. Good luck competing with Lousiana, Mississippi, West Virgina, Georgia, and Alabama for worst in the nation, year after year.

    June 5, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Pete

    Remember this recall isn't just for Walker,its for all republicans governors nationwide,as well as public sector unions.Jobs and livelyhoods are at stake and the republicans are scared out of their wits,because of the domino effect felt nationwide if this recall goes against them..All governors and public sector unions will be watching nationwide,with unions gearing up for the fight of their lives,not since Reagans terminating the air traffic controllers ,have unions and their jobs been more threatened.This is for all the political marbles,its them the governors,big brother the bully or us,organized labor and the middle class as we now know it.Its in our hands ,don't waste it,it won't come around again!!!

    June 5, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |

    That picture speaks volumes
    you can tell where the corporate money is going
    I hope the state of Wisconsin succeeds in their attempt to recall their governor.

    June 5, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. ClemVinson

    The supreme court has ruled that money is the new free speech. Thanks... Now, instead of the people being heard, big business and special interest can outspend/talk over the voice of the people. Corporations are not only people, they are now super-people... yeay!!!! And our illustrious super-people can even change local elections where they have no local interest. At the rate we're going, you're going to be able to purchase candidates at wal-mart soon.

    June 5, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. jk in MN

    Give credit for this to the 5 justices who voted for the Citizen's United case.

    June 5, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. Malory Archer

    Right on Pete! raygun's wholesale firing of PATCO (they were demaining an upgrade to the nation's way out of date air traffic technology, which still hasn't happened thirty years after the fact) was the first nail in the coffin for American workers, and repug governors all across America are chomping at the bit to drive in the final nail.

    June 5, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    That picture speaks volumes
    you can tell where the corporate money is going
    I hope the state of Wisconsin succeeds in their attempt to recall their governor.
    Yeah! Darn that Governor for successfully managing the money taxpayers give up in his state!!! Okay, so he has made a remarkable turnaround in Wisconsin state finances. Does that justify going against public union demands? (yes)

    June 5, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. ST

    One question people in Wisconsin should ask themselves is: Why are people from outside their state have interest in the own matters??? Problems in Wisconsin should be solved by the people there and not people from outside. These millionaires and billionaires are trying to impose something which is not your choice/taste, but by power of money.

    June 5, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Lizzie

    No one talks about the money the SEIU/AFL-CIO spend on the recall election, why is that?? Are you afraid people will find out about one sided reporting.

    June 5, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |