Recall Aftermath

In this update: 1. Excuses abound in wake of Walker win 2. Need for campaign reform never more clear Recall Aftermath

Email date: 6/7/12

In this update:
1. Excuses abound in wake of Walker win
2. Need for campaign reform never more clear

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Excuses abound in wake of Walker win
The Democracy Campaign has so far been able to account for close to $70 million in spending in the recall election for governor and over the weeks to come will continue to track down fundraising and spending in the race’s final days. Campaign finance reports filed by the candidates covered activity through May 21, leaving roughly three weeks of campaigning still to be accounted for. Post-election reports from the candidates are due July 5. We expect overall spending will reach or exceed $80 million when a final price tag is able to be put on this election, more than doubling the previous record of $37.4 million set in the last election for governor in 2010.

Money talks in politics, and in this election it screamed. But money alone does not explain why Walker won. Democrats have offered a lot of other excuses for the outcome, but as our latest Big Money Blog points out, it remains to be seen if the party establishment will come to terms with some deeper and more uncomfortable truths that were laid bare by Tuesday’s election results.

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Need for campaign reform never more clear
As we reported in our last E-Lert, the Democracy Campaign joined with 17 other citizen groups last week to call on the candidates for governor to take a stand on the need for election finance reform and commit to calling a special session to address the issue. This week, The Capital Times agreed that there’s no time like the present to deal with the cancer growing in the body of democracy and editorialized in favor of a special session.