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June 05, 2012

Wisconsin recall spending shatters records

Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election Tuesday is shattering campaign spending records, according to new study by the nonpartisan Campaign for Public Integrity.

The group found that more than $63.5 million, much of it from out of state sources, has been spent on the race since November. About $37.5 million was spent on the 2010 gubernatorial race.

Turnout was reported heavy Tuesday, as Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, faces Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Thomas Barrett.

The center found that Barrett has received about 26 percent of his $4 million in campaign donations from outside Wisconsin. Walker has raised about two-thirds of his $30.5 million contributions from out of state, according to campaign filings released May 29.

The center said Walker has outraised Barrett 7 ½ to 1 since late 2011.

For more details: http://www.iwatchnews.org/2012/06/03/9039/wisconsin-recall-breaks-record-thanks-outside-cash


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What about the $20 million that the labor unions spent on behalf of Barrett? Doesn't that count? When you factor that in, the spending was a *LOT* closer than most media are reporting.

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