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.