February 3, 2015
Campaign finance reports filed Monday show Walker raised $5.2 million and spent about $8.1 million between late October and the end of 2014. That puts Walker’s total fundraising for the 2013-14 election cycle at $34.2 million and spending at about $35.7 million.
Those figures are about three times higher than Walker’s first successful run for governor in the 2010 general election when he raised about $11.1 million and spent about $10.9 million in the 2009-10 election cycle.
Walker’s 2013-14 fundraising and spending were shy of the record $37.4 million raised and $36.1 million he spent during the 2011-12 election cycle when he faced and won and unprecedented recall challenge. But unlike the 2010 and 2014 general elections, there were several months before the June 2012 recall election in which recall election rules allowed individuals and political action committees to give Walker unlimited contributions.
Normally, candidates for statewide office may accept up to $10,000 from individuals and about $43,000 from PACs in a four-year election cycle, but about three dozen contributors gave Walker contributions ranging from $50,000 to $510,000 each during the recall.