Scott Walker A Hypocrite On Out-of-State Spending On Wisconsin Elections

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Even children seem to have a better handle on what is right and wrong in politics than Scott Walker. More below.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is complaining about the supporters of his recall election funding the drive with out-of-state money while raking in large sums of out-of-state money for his own campaign.

Nearly half of the $5.1 million raised by the embattled Republican governor since July 1 came from outside of Wisconsin. In all of 2010, when Walker won a hotly contested election that included a primary, just 8 percent of the more than $8 million he raised came from out of state.

Out-of-state donors accounted for $2.4 million of the amount in Walker’s most recent report, or 47 percent of the total.

In all, Walker has raised $7.6 million in donations since he took office on Jan 3. Of these, $3.2 million, or about 42 percent, came from out of state.

“I’ve never seen any candidate — ever — get close to half their money from out of state,” said Mike McCabe, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog. “I used to always be stunned when I saw a candidate for state office with 10 percent coming from out of state.”

By contrast, Walker's opponents, who have raised a lot less money, raised only about 10 percent of their contributions from out of state:

So far this year, Walker has raised more than twice as much as the main groups launching a recall against him. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has reported raising $3.1 million so far this year, spending nearly $2.8 million. The United Wisconsin PAC has raised $329,994 and spent $208,757.

Walker’s foes haven’t yet come close to matching his big-money contributions. The largest single contributors to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin were Stacey Herzing, the communications director for Herzing University in Milwaukee, who gave $15,000; David Gruber, an attorney from Milwaukee, who gave $10,000; and Weather Central executive Terence Kelly and his wife Mary Kelly of Madison, who gave $10,000.

Just over 10 percent of the money raised in 2011 by United Wisconsin comes from out of state, according to GAB records.

So, in addition to being a hypocrite, Walker is being inaccurate. Nothing new there.

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