Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Democracy Alive and Well: The Myth of Walker's Money Advantage

Tearful democrats cry about the death of democracy making claims Walker and outside money bought their recall electoral victory.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

The WDC reported that approximately $70 million was spent by both sides in the Wisconsin recall vote.  Democrats point to two totals listed in this same report as evidence of outside influence.  Walker raised $31 million for his campaign and his challenger Tom Barrett raised just $4 million, this is the so-called 7 to 1 money advantage they complain about.

While it is true Walker was able to receive campaign donations from outside the state because of election rules that allow recalled incumbents to raise unlimited funds, it is not true that this amount gave him an advantage in the money department.  The truth is Democrats and their surrogates outspent Gov. Walker.

In addition to Barrett's $4 million, the Great Wisconsin Committee PAC spent an additional nearly $5 million.  And big labor unions flooded the state with more than $21 million in expenditures.

The spending spree doesn't end there. In the initial recall election that set last night's vote in motion,  Democrats outspent the GOP $23.4 million to $20.5 million, with $18.6 million and $15.9 million coming from outside groups respectively.

Not only was spending on last night's election virtually identical for both parties and their backers, but in reality Democrats outspent Republicans by several million when the entire recall effort is taken into account.


Anonymous said...

That doesnt include the nonstop coverage of the thugs in Wiscy when the Senators cried and fled the state and then the thugs ransacked the capital and the streets and shut down commerce and trashed everything....all with Special Ed and PMS BS NBS blessing.

Then ad NYT, CNN, CBS,NBS, ABS and others and you got millions and millions in free ads.

smoore123 said...

What does PMS BS NBS stand for? I've not seen that before and google isn't much help. I gather that "Special Ed" referees to Ed Schultz on MSNBC?