Monday, April 30, 2012

Wisconsin: Walker's historic numbers

Big fundraising numbers for Scott Walker. Taking advantage of the unlimited fundraising law, he has taken in $13.2 million since January and more than $25 million in total since January 2011. Walker has $4.8 million in cash on hand. Two thirds of the money came from out of state.

By comparison, the Democratic challengers (who were both subject to cash donations limits) Kathleen Falk raised $1 million since January, and Tom Barrett raised $830,000 in the three weeks since entering the race (plus, he has $500K left over from his runs for other offices).

And of course, these numbers will probably be dwarfed by the money poured in by independent outside groups.

In 2010, candidates and independent groups spent an estimated $37.4 million in the 2010 governor's race ($11.3 million by Walker). The nine Senate recalls in 2011 cost $44 million. So, expect some real records here.

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