Walker Raised Nearly $7 Million, Barrett $2.5 Million in Recall's Final Days

With no limits on contributions, Gov. Scott Walker raised $37 million over the course of the recall — roughly the same amount both his opposition and independent groups spent.

Gov. Scott Walker raised $6.7 million in the final days before and weeks immediately after the June 5 recall election, according to his campaign.

That brings Walker's total fundraising during the recall to $37 million and his total cash on hand, accumulated since he took office in January 2011, to $1.6 million.

Meanwhile, other candidates and independent groups raised $37.4 million during the recall, bringing total spending to more than $70 million. In May, .

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, , raised about $2.5 million during the recall's home stretch; $6.3 million from March 30 to June 30. He spent $6.6 million and had $250,000 left in his warchest, according to Wispolitics.com.

Walker also spent almost $6.9 million between May 22 and June 30, according to Government Accountability Board's campaign finance database site. That included $3.1 million on TV advertisements, $225,923 on robocalls, $185,113 on radio and $36,149 for online advertising, the political news website said.

Normally, political race contributions are limited to $10,000 per donor, but under the state’s recall law, those facing recall can receive unlimited amounts from donors, allowing Walker to raise unprecedented funds.

Spending for the recall shattered the record for a statewide race of $37.4 million set during the 2010 gubernatorial race — also between Walker and Barrett — according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog group.

Greg July 10, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Can I be the first comment board campaign manager?
Dave Koven July 10, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Greg...It looks like Hoffa's brain exploded. That would account for a lot of his opinions.
James R Hoffa July 10, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Well then, if I'm going to campaign, I better do it right! Who can point me to the local mafia leaders? Just kidding ;-) The most important part to any good campaign is picking the right theme music. Here are my choices: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doCf0WYEKho http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUgglGF4gvs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lGNlO-yQFo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i139Ew6mMFM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSf5tx4e_PA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQL0h2TNJG0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RllRPZw--9Q http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3om1qTBihVI BTW - That last one was a joke! Greg - I leave it in your capable hands to choose, but you must choose wisely!
Greg July 10, 2012 at 03:28 AM
It appears you need me more than I thought, I was thinking something more like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrRVW-p8SJ8 I would rework the lyrics, substitute Hoff for Tusk and tone down Lindsey Buckingham's screaming a bit, then get the U.W. marching band instead of UCLA.
James R Hoffa July 10, 2012 at 03:43 AM
@Greg - Perhaps I do! But if we're talking a campaign song, as opposed to theme, then I was thinking something a little simpler like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D_srHpH6jg Substituting 'Diet Pepsi' with 'James R Hoffa,' of course!


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