Recall Race for Governor Cost $81 Million

Fifteen recall races in 2011 and 2012 cost $137 million

Posted: July 25, 2012
Updated: January 31, 2013

Madison – Candidates, special interest groups and political committees spent nearly $81 million in the failed attempt to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker in June – more than double the record $37.4 million spent for a statewide office in the 2010 governor’s race, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.

Recall Groups, Candidates Spent $69M Outside State

$2 of every $3 for campaign services was paid to non-Wisconsin companies

December 11, 2012

Madison – Two-thirds of the nearly $101 million candidates and special interest smear groups reported spending for campaign services in the 2011 and 2012 recall elections was paid to vendors outside Wisconsin, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review shows.

WDC Files Complaints Against ‘Charitable’ Groups

IRS asked to investigate political activity and review groups’ tax-exempt status

March 13, 2012

Madison – Three outside electioneering groups violated their federal tax-exempt status by sponsoring advertising and other political activities to help Republican Governor Scott Walker in a likely recall election, according to complaints filed Tuesday with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Smear Groups Raised $49 Million From Secret Sources

 

Only $1 in $81 raised by recall groups came from fully identified donors

September 17, 2012

Madison – Over half of the money raised by special interest smear groups that spent more than $75 million to influence the 2011 and 2012 recall elections came from undisclosed sources, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

Effort to End Legal Political Bribery in Wisconsin Launched

September 11, 2012

At events in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Madison, clean government advocates and non-profit groups announced an initiative to end the legal bribery of Wisconsin politicians. Decades-old Wisconsin ethics laws designed to prevent wealthy special interests from corrupting the legislative process have not been updated to take into account the huge amounts of money coursing through the electoral system.

Officeholders Have Biggest Money Edge Since ‘02

Legislative candidates raise $3.5 million in first six months despite recalls

August 14, 2012

Madison – Legislative officeholders running for reelection this fall had a $10 to $1 advantage over their challengers – the largest midyear cash edge in 10 years, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

Groups Call for Hearings on Reform

July 10, 2012

Twenty citizen groups including the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign signed a letter that was delivered today to legislative leaders calling on them to hold public hearings this summer on ways to create more transparency and accountability in Wisconsin elections.

Barrett Post-Election Contributions Above $1,000

May 22, 2012 through June 30, 2012

Posted: July 6 , 2012
Updated: May 31, 2013

Individual contributions of more than $1,000 to Tom Barrett's gubernatorial campaign between May 22, 2012 and June 30, 2012 (the post-election and July reporting period) as reported by his campaign committee to the Government Accountability Board. A similar list is available for earlier reports filed in April and May.

Walker Post-Election Contributions Above $1,000

May 22, 2012 through June 30, 2012

Posted: July 6, 2012
Updated: May 31, 2013

Individual contributions of more than $1,000 to Governor Scott Walker between May 22, 2012 and June 30, 2012 (the recall post-election and July reporting periods) as reported by the governor's campaign committee to the Government Accountability Board. A similar list is available for earlier reports filed in December, January, April and May.

Groups Call for Election Money Overhaul

Record-Breaking Campaign Spending Leaves Wisconsinites in the Dark, Candidates Notably Silent on Solutions

May 31, 2012

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Madison – A coalition of Wisconsin leaders and organizations is calling on Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett to pledge to the people of Wisconsin that they will take action, call a special session and provide Wisconsinites full disclosure of the source of campaign dollars and issue ads for state races and close loopholes that allow unlimited campaign fundraising.

Barrett Contributions Above $1,000

April 24, 2012 through May 21, 2012

Posted: May 30, 2012
Updated: May 31, 2013

Individual contributions of more than $1,000 to Tom Barrett's gubernatorial campaign between  April 24, 2012 and May 21, 2012 (the pre-election reporting period) as reported by his campaign committee to the Government Accountability Board. A similar list is available for an earlier report filed in April.

Walker Contributions Above $1,000

April 24, 2012 through May 21, 2012

Posted: May 29, 2012
Updated: May 31, 2012

Individual contributions of more than $1,000 to Governor Scott Walker between April 24, 2012 and May 21, 2012 (the pre-election reporting period) as reported by the governor's campaign committee to the Government Accountability Board. A similar list is available for earlier reports filed in December, January and April.

Special Interests Pig Out On The Taxpayers' Tab

Governor, legislature approve bills costing families $235 a year

May 21, 2012

Madison – Republican Governor Scott Walker and the legislature have approved nearly five dozen proposals sought by powerful special interests that will cost the average family $235 in 2012 and continue to grow to nearly $300 annually in 2020, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign report shows.

Falk Contributions Over $1,000

January 1, 2012 through April 23, 2012

Posted: May 1, 2012
Updated: May 31, 2013

Individual contributions of more than $1,000 to Kathleen Falk's gubernatorial campaign between January 1, 2012 and April 23, 2012 as reported by her campaign committee to the Government Accountability Board.

Barrett Contributions Over $1,000

March 20, 2012 through April 23, 2012

Posted: May 1, 2012
Updated: May 31, 2013

Individual contributions of more than $1,000 to Tom Barrett's gubernatorial campaign between March 20, 2012* and April 23, 2012 as reported by his campaign committee to the Government Accountability Board.

Walker Contributions Exceeding $1,000

January 18, 2012 through April 23, 2012

Posted: April 30, 2012
Updated: May 30, 2013

Individual contributions of more than $1,000 to Governor Scott Walker between January 18, 2012 and April 23, 2012 as reported by the governor's campaign committee to the Government Accountability Board.

Wealthy Special Interests Drove 2011 Fundraising

Recall candidates raised four times more than the rest of the legislature

February 21, 2012

Madison – Twenty-two legislators involved in recall and special elections in 2011 raised $8.22 million – more than four times the $1.9 million raised by the rest of the legislature, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

Recall Smear Groups Depended On Out-of-State Cash

Teachers union, businesses, tribe among top state contributors to recall groups

February 10, 2012

Madison – Seven shadowy smear groups that sponsored negative broadcast ads and other activities in last summer’s recall elections raised only $1 in $7 from Wisconsin contributors during the last six months of 2011, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review shows.

Walker Contributions Over $1,000

December 11, 2011 through January 17, 2012

Posted: January 24, 2012
Updated: May 31, 2013

Individual contributions of more than $1,000 to Governor Scott Walker between December 11, 2011 and January 17, 2012 (the day recall petitions were due) as reported by the governor's campaign committee to the Government Accountability Board. A similar list is available for his previous report. For more campaign finance details see our Recall 2012 feature.

WDC Testimony on Disclosure

Hearing on Senate Bill 292 – Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections

January 12, 2012

(Testimony before the Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Mike McCabe in opposition to Senate Bill 292.)