Total Recall Spending Surpassed $125Million

Friday, June 8th, 2012 at 7:15 am

Total spending numbers for Wisconsin’s recall election earlier this week are coming in, and the numbers are a bit staggering. It is being reported that between all 15 recall races, including the one targeting Gov. Scott Walker, spending will easily top $125 million. That is the latest estimate by the government watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

The group released new estimates on Thursday showing spending on Walker’s race by the candidates and outside groups will reach between $75 million and $80 million. Last summer about $44 million was spent on nine state Senate recalls.

Based on the estimates, spending on the Walker recall and last year’s Senate recalls will be about $125 million. And that doesn’t count spending on this year’s recalls targeting four Senate seats and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, which will add millions more.

Walker defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Tuesday.

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