Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wisconsin: $93.4 million spent on recalls in 2012, $137.5M in 2011-12

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reports that total spending for the recall was $80.9 million in 2012 ($93.4M in 2012 total) and a total of $137.5 million for both years.

According to the report, Republican candidates and supporters outspent the Democrats $84.5 million to $52.6 million. Presumably, that also includes the cost of getting the recalls on the ballot. It also includes spending on primaries (note that Wisconsin for Falk spent $4.5 million, most in favor of losing primary candidate Kathleen Falk), so we should take comparison analysis with a big grain of salt.

Outside spending equaled $75.8 million.

Also of note is that the only recall where Democrats and supporters outspent Republicans was the only one that Democrats won. John Lehman and supporters spent $1.8 million in beating incumbent Republican Van Wanggaard, who spent an estimated $1.1 million.

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