Wisconsin Summer Recall Election Spending Exceeded $43 Million

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at 8:59 am

We now know how much money was spent in Wisconsin on the summer of recall elections, and it was certainly a lot of money. In fact, the AP is reporting that an estimated $44 million was spent on nine legislative recall elections in Wisconsin this summer, and unions and conservative special interest groups led the way.

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign based its estimate on reports filed with the state and assumptions on how much was spent by groups that don’t have to report.

The Associated Ppress reports Democrats and their backers outspent Republicans $23.4 million to $20.5 million.

The spending shattered previous records for Wisconsin as the recalls targeting three Democrats and six Republicans attracted spending from national groups at levels never seen before in the state.

It was more than double the previous high for spending in legislative races, which was just over $20 million for 115 seats in the 2008 election.

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