On Sunday I outlined the likeliest possible contenders to be the next Democratic gubernatorial candidate, and I while each candidate has strengths and weaknesses, virtually all the likeliest Democratic gubernatorial candidates suffer from a serious lack of cash, with the exception of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

  • At the end of the most recent reporting period, Lt. Gov. Barb Lawton had $50,904 cash on hand.
  • Rep. Ron Kind had $955,152 cash on hand, but under state law he can only use $43,128 of that if he chose to run for governor.
  • Mayor Barrett is flush with cash, with $840,257 in his campaign account, giving him a big cash advantage should be choose to run for governor.
  • State Sen. Jon Erpenbach has more than $21,000 cash on hand.
  • And finally, Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk only has about $15,000 in the bank.

While money alone can’t win an election, the healthy war chest Tom Barrett has at his disposal would certainly allow him start a potential gubernatorial campaign with a very distinct advantage over his Democratic rivals, who’d be forced to spend more time raising money than Barrett.

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2 Responses to The candidates’ cash flow

  1. Cindy says:

    Zach, you are pulling your stuff from another print source without attribution. That surprises me. I hope you’ll reconsider and start linking your source.

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