Walker was missing for awhile but don’t fret — he’s okay. The Governor of Wisconsin was merely raising funds in other states — and now has amassed tens of millions of dollars to fight recall efforts.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Recall) is desperate enough to ask for prayer from his supporters to fight the recall efforts, and has garnered out of state support. Wisconsin is the battleground for the middle class, fighting for union rights and on the other side, fighting against big labor. Money has poured into the recall efforts but pales in comparison to those supporting Walker, yet, with all the money Walker has pulled in, he’s in a virtual tie with Tom Barrett.
The Koch brothers boasted of their spending to support Walker,“We’re helping him, as we should. We’ve gotten pretty good at this over the years,” Koch said. “We’ve spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We’re going to spend more.” And they did.
In regular elections, statewide candidates are limited to receiving $10,000 from individuals over their term in office. But for four and a half months — from when recall papers were filed to when the June 5 election was called — there were no limits on donations. Two people gave him $500,000 each, and two-thirds of his total came from out of state.
Walker’s tally was boosted by a state law that lets recall targets amass unlimited funds from the moment a group initiates the recall until a state board sets the date of the election. That period lasted some five months. Walker’s prolific fundraising, and the hefty sums heaped on the race from wealthy outside groups, have led some analysts to suggest the total tab for the race could approach $100 million, making it the most expensive campaign in the history of the state. Already the candidates and their allies have raised and spent some $42 million, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinelanalysis of data compiled by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.
Since mid-January, Walker’s campaign has raked in more than $13 million, according to financial disclosure statements released this week. During that time, two-thirds of his cash came from outside the Badger State. The record haul eclipses the $12.1 million Walker netted last year amid his high-profile clash with protesters, who were incensed by his successful push for a “budget repair” bill that curbed collective-bargaining rights for most of the state’s public employees. By contrast, Barrett reported raising $830,000, and Falk nearly $1 million. Walker spent almost $11 million over the past three months to stave off his challengers.
This race is a toss up. It could go either way. The deciding factor will be those voters wavering with indecision. CBS reports, “Al Trossen feels like a wanted man. The former Teamster voted for embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2010 but isn’t sure who to support in the state’s historic recall election next month.”
Of course, voters grow tired of the battle in Wisconsin, but to be sure, Walker’s battle against unions spread like a virus across America and that was not part of his campaign. Walker’s deceptive tactics became public knowledge from the onset of his governorship — typically, 24 hours’ notice is required for a public meeting but Walker, slipped his agenda through nevertheless just after taking office, to rid unions of collective bargaining rights.
If Walker had been honest from the beginning it’s doubtful that he would be voted in. One thing is for sure; $13 million was needed to try to keep his office and that speaks volumes of his desperation.