Walker spent $6.9 million in weeks around recall
Recall candidates file campaign finance reports
MADISON, Wis. — New campaign finance reports show Republican Gov. Scott Walker spent $6.9 million in the weeks surrounding the June 5 recall election.
Walker spent $6.9 million between May 22 and June 27. He raised $6.8 million and had $1.6 million on hand at the end of that span.
He has raised roughly $37.4 million since he took office in January 2011, obliterating his own record of $11 million raised in the 2010 gubernatorial race and single-handedly matching the total spending by all candidates and outside groups in that contest.
Democrats forced Walker into a recall over a number of contentious policies, including cuts to education and a plan stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights. Walker easily defeated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in the election.
New campaign finance reports show Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard spent nearly $182,000 in the weeks surrounding the June 5 recall elections.
Reports covering May 22 through June 27 show Wanggaard spent $181,745 and raised $77,965. He had $24,552 in the bank. Wanggaard’s Democratic challenger, John Lehman, spent $96,850 and raised $51,926. He had $17,077 on hand.
The outcome of their race in Racine County’s 21st Senate District is still in doubt. A recount showed Lehman with an 819-vote lead.
But a Lehman victory would hand Democrats control of the state Senate. Wanggaard has refused to concede and is contemplating a legal challenge.
The latest round of campaign finance reports show a Republican state representative spent about $88,000 in the weeks before and after the June 5 recall elections.
Democrats forced Republican Sen. Pam Galloway of Wausau into a recall. Galloway resigned rather than defend her seat but the election went on regardless. Rep. Jerry Petrowski, a Marathon Republican, ended up beating Rep. Donna Seidel, a Wausau Democrat, for the open seat.
New finance reports show Petrowski raised more than $37,000 between May 22 and June 27. Seidel hadn’t filed her reports as of midday Thursday.
New campaign finance reports show Republican state Sen. Terry Moulton spent almost $77,000 in the weeks surrounding last month’s recall elections.
The reports cover the weeks between May 22 and June 27. They show Moulton spent $76,736, raised $22,640 and had $53,881 on hand at the end of period.
Moulton, of Chippewa Falls, defeated Democrat Kristin Dexter of Eau Claire in the June 5 elections. Dexter had not filed her finance reports as of early Thursday evening.