Why did Unions spend $30 million in union dues to lose in Wisconsin? Are people tired of Union thugs?
Aug. 5, 2011 |(75) Comments
As money continues to pour into Wisconsin's recall elections, much of it from around the country, five of the races have already broken the record for spending in a state Senate race, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.
The nonprofit group, which tracks campaign spending and other election issues, estimates total spending so far by all parties in Sen. Alberta Darling's 8th District at a staggering $7.9 million — well over double the previous record of $3 million, set in a northwestern Wisconsin district in 2000. Recent state campaign spending forms reported more than $1.5 million in spending by the Darling and her challenger, Rep. Sandy Pasch, but far more money is being spent by outside groups on both the left and right, and Wisconsin Democracy Campaign's new estimates include all that money.
Mike McCabe, the group's executive director, said that in all, spending has already topped $30 million in the races, and could go as high as $35 million to $40 million. Spending reported to the state by candidates totals $5.1 million, with some $13 million by registered outside groups such as We Are Wisconsin, a coalition of union groups. He estimates that unregistered groups, such as the conservative Club for Growth Wisconsin and the American Federation for Children "are pretty much equaling or slightly surpassing the registered groups." He said his organization bases those estimates on their surveys of TV advertising, direct mail and other forms of campaign spending.