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, $62 million had been pumped into Wisconsin recalls.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat who lost to Walker in both the 2010 race and the recall, 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.