– Gov. Scott Walker is raking in money at a pace not seen before in Wisconsin politics as he prepares to face the state’s first-ever gubernatorial recall, taking in more than $4.5 million over five weeks.
In just over a year, Walker has raised more than $12 million in campaign donations – more than he spent to win the seat in 2010 – and despite sizable spending in recent weeks still has $2.6 million in cash in the bank, according to figures released Monday by his campaign. The Republican governor has traveled the country to raise money in recent weeks and has benefited from a quirk in the state’s election law that allows elected officials facing recalls to raise unlimited amounts.
Governor Walker has traveled the country fundraising with some of the worst people in the world while shirking his duties as Governor of the great state of WI. Scotty could not even take the time to attend his own, I love Scott Walker pep rally. His many travels however are paying off:
Walker has been able to exploit that aspect of state law, raising $5.1 million in the second half of 2011.
The day recall signatures were filed against him, Walker was scheduled to hold a fundraiser in New York City hosted by Maurice Greenberg, the founder of troubled financial services company American International Group. No details had been released before deadline on that fundraising.
But among the previously reported donations that Walker received were $250,000 from Bob Perry, owner of Perry Homes in Houston and one of the primary financial forces behind the Swift Boat Veterans ads that attacked U.S. Sen. John Kerry in the 2004 presidential campaign; $205,000 from Elizabeth and Richard Uihlein of Lake Forest, Ill., founders of the shipping supply company Uline; $175,075 from the Schuette family, which owns Wausau Homes and supports the state tea party movement; and $20,000 from H. Ross Perot Jr., son of the two-time presidential candidate.
So out of state money from unions bad, out of state money from the hate right is A-OK. Yes Bob Allen, from Texas, the swift boat financier who helped smear veteran & US Senator John Kerry, cares so much about Wisconsin and the education of our children that he donated a quarter of a million dollars to the scott walker campaign. Either that or he was rewarding our governor for doing as he was told.
While the Governor has raked in the money, Senator Mark Miller(soon to be majority leader)thinks that can be overcome!
Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) said, regardless of the financial strength Republicans might have, Democrats had a strong argument to make to voters – that though the state had gained jobs in the first half of 2011, it lost jobs in the latter part of the year even as the rest of the country created them.
“The governor and legislative Republicans need to answer one question: Where are the jobs?” Miller asked in a news conference Monday.