Following the Recall Money

In this update: 1. Record sums already spent in recall election for governor 2. Roemer pulls no punches at WDC annual meeting Following the Recall Money

Email date: 5/4/12

In this update:
1. Record sums already spent in recall election for governor
2. Roemer pulls no punches at WDC annual meeting

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Record sums already spent in recall election for governor
The primary election is not until next week and the general election is more than a month away, but the amount already spent in the recall election for governor makes it the most expensive state election in Wisconsin history. At least $42 million has already been spent by candidates and interest groups, with most of the money coming from out of state. The most expensive election before this year’s was the 2010 race for governor, in which $37.4 million was spent.

The Democracy Campaign is regularly updating the Recall 2012 feature on our website with the latest reported fundraising and spending in the recall elections, and WDC also updated its PAC donation database this week with newly added records of political action committee contributions in the recalls.

For more on the money in the recalls, check out Wisconsin State Journal coverage of how the money is flowing in and what it is being spent on.

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Roemer pulls no punches at WDC annual meeting
If you couldn’t make it to the Democracy Campaign’s annual member meeting on Wednesday, the state public affairs television network WisconsinEye had its cameras there and is both telecasting and webcasting it.

For those with good memories, keynote speaker Buddy Roemer served both as governor and a member of Congress from Louisiana. But having been out of politics for two decades, Roemer is better known now for his appearances on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Roemer’s speech Wednesday was no stand-up routine, though. He spoke a lot of uncomfortable truths, plenty that raise the hackles of Democrats and plenty that make Republicans’ blood boil.