When It Comes to Fundraising, Walker Crushes Democratic Opponents
Gov. Scott Walker has raised $13 million in campaign contributions this year, while his two key challengers in the recall race — Kathleen Falk and Tom Barrett — have taken in less than $1 million each.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker has raised $13 million in the most recent three-month reporting period in his effort to retain his seat in Wisconsin's historic recall election, new campaign finance reports showed.
By comparison, Democratic challenger Kathleen Falk received nearly $1 million in contributions, while Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett netted $831,000 in the reporting period that ended April 23.
Barrett, Falk and three other Democratic candidates are squaring off in the May 8 recall primary election. Walker, who has token opposition in the GOP primary, will face the Democratic primary winner on June 5.
In addition to raising big bucks, Walker’s campaign noted that it had a total of 125,926 contributions, many of which came from small donors. The campaign said more than 96,000 contributions were $50 or less — about 76 percent of the total contributions.
“We continue to see strong grassroots support for Governor Walker, his bold reforms, and his plans for moving Wisconsin forward,” said Walker spokeswoman Ciara Matthews. “Because of the overwhelming support for the governor, we can continue to speak to voters about how Governor Walker plans to move Wisconsin forward while his Democrat opponents plan to take Wisconsin backwards to higher taxes, record job loss, and massive deficits.”
Walker has taken in $25 million since January 2011, and now has $4.8 million cash on hand.
About two-thirds of the money he has raised this year has come from out of state, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Despite being at a big disadvantage, Barrett and Falk said they were pleased with the fundraising efforts so far.
Barrett, who didn't enter the governor's race until March 30, noted that he raised $750,000 of his $830,000 in the first 25 days of his campaign.
When combined with the nearly $500,000 he already had in the bank, Barrett has had $1.3 million to commit to his campaign for governor. The campaign had $475,500 cash on hand as of April 23 — about 10 percent of what Walker has.
"I am honored and proud to have the support of so people at the grassroots level who share my commitment to ending the political turmoil caused by Scott Walker's ideological civil war," Barrett said in a statement. "As your governor, I will bring our state together, focus on creating jobs, and restore trust in the governor's office."
Barrett also noted that 99 percent of his contributions were from individual donors and that 90 percent were of $100 or less.
Of her contributions so far, Falk said:
“I’m so grateful for the broad coalition of support that I have received from people all across Wisconsin. We have built the big tent of support needed to beat Scott Walker. In an extremely short period of time, we were able to bring people together and raise $1 million dollars because they know I am the only candidate with the backing to beat Scott Walker and end his ‘War on Women.’”
She had $118,000 cash on hand as of April 23 and also blasted the huge amounts raised by Walker.
"He raised $13 million from across the country because he’s delivered an extreme agenda that isn’t our Wisconsin values, and I’m proud to stand with the nearly one million people who have signed a recall petition to remove him from office," she said in a statement.
Two other candidates in the Democratic primary raised significantly smaller amounts, according to the Journal Sentinel.
Secretary of State Doug La Follette raised $118,000, but $112,000 of that was from his own money. State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout raised $44,000.
Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who does not have a primary challenger, raised more than $540,000 during this election cycle.
Her campaign said 84 percent of the contributions are from Wisconsin donors, and more than More than 89 percent of the campaign's donations come from individuals who contributed $100 or less.