Monday, February 18, 2013
Most of the cash in high court campaign will spent by conservative and liberal outside groups — not the candidates themselves.
On Tuesday, Wisconsin will hold a primary election for state Supreme Court, narrowing the field from three candidates to two. Then the race will begin in earnest. Justice Patience Roggensack, who has already served one 10-year term on the state’s highest court, is expected to survive the cut. Her challengers are Ed Fallone, a Marquette University Law School professor, and Vince Megna, a Milwaukee lawyer specializing in suing auto companies. The general election is April 2. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 4, according to the most recent reporting, Roggensack had raised about $200,000, compared to Fallone’s $75,000 and Megna’s $0. Roggensack reported having $219,154 cash on hand, compared to Fallone’s $63,713 and Megna’s $5,340. Most of Megna’s …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Baldwin leading Democratic candidates in campaign fundraising with $2.2 million raised.
With campaign finance information being released, here's an update on the race to be the next U.S. senator from Wisconsin. GOP candidate Eric Hovde — while he isn't leading the pack in fundraising — has spent nearly $4 million of his own money on the campaign, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday. Among all five candidates, the Journal Sentinel also reported Democratic hopeful Tammy Baldwin is leading the pack in fundraising, with $2.2 million raised in the second quarter. These reports come after some TV ad sparring between Hovde and fellow Republicans Tommy Thompson and Mark Neumann, along with some Washington D.C.-based political action committees jumping into the fray.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Republican Gov. Scott Walker has spent more than Democrat Tom Barrett and special-interest groups combined as he tries to keep the state's top office.
Money is flowing into Wisconsin at unprecedented rates, with nearly $62 million spent thus far in the gubernatorial recall race, a nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog group reported Thursday. Republican Gov. Scott Walker has spent more than Democratic opponent Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and special-interest groups combined, with $29.3 million of his $30.5 million war chest spent thus far. Barrett won a May 8 primary election, setting the stage for a recall election showdown Tuesday. The new numbers released by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign show total spending is nearly double the record for a statewide race of $37.4 million set during the 2010 gubernatorial race - also between Walker and Barrett. Of the $29 million, Walker has spent…
Friday, April 27, 2012
Kathleen Falk leads the way in fundraising with $1 million, while Barrett trails not far behind with $750,000 raised. However, Gov. Scott Walker reported $12 million in the campaign account in January, but has been fundraising around the country since.
The top two Democrats in the May 8 gubernatorial recall primary announced Friday that have have raised nearly $1.8 million in their effort to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk said she has raised $1 million since she announced her candidacy in January. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced his campaign has taken in $750,000 in 25 days between March 30 and April 23. “I’m so grateful for the broad coalition of support that I have received from people all across Wisconsin," Falk said in a statement. "We have built the big tent of support needed to beat Scott Walker. "In an extremely short period of time, we were able to bring people together and raise $1 million dollars because they know I am the …
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Republicans say millions were spent unnecessarily on summer recall elections and they want to change state Constitution to require "just cause" for a recall effort.
Even with record unemployment and minimal job growth across the country, there is still one business that has demonstrated it is recession-proof: politics. The Wisconsin recall elections were a boon for statewide cash flow, with nearly $44 million in private funds pouring into the state for nine state Senate races. The Democrats and their supporters spent over $23.4 million for their efforts, with the GOP and conservative groups spent $20.5 million, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. By comparison, $19 million was spent on all of 99 state Assembly elections in November 2010. On top of the money raised in the recall, it cost municipalities another $2.1 million to hold the elections, print ballots and…
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Between $35 million and $40 million was spent on Wisconsin's recall elections. Was it really worth it?
Now that Wisconsin’s summer bout of recall madness has ended, let’s run the numbers. About 769,000 votes were cast in the state’s eight primary and nine general elections for state Senate, according to unofficial results. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog group, estimates that total spending on the races by special interest groups and (to a much lesser extent) the candidates’ campaigns will fall between $35 million and $40 million. That breaks down to somewhere between $45 and $52 for each vote cast. But the campaigns, waged in TV markets that went well beyond the geographic boundaries of the recall districts, had an impact beyond the votes they helped sway. Voters all over the state were exposed to a glut of toxic …