Harsdorf raised more money than MooreWisconsin Legislature
-- At least four of the six Republican state senators who face recall elections have raised more money than their Democratic challengers.
At least four of the six Republican state senators who face recall elections have raised more money than their Democratic challengers.
Incumbents Alberta Darling of River Hills and Dan Kapanke of La Crosse have raised a combined one-point-seven million dollars – more than the Democratic challengers for all six Senate seats. Republican incumbents Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac and Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls have also raised more money than their opponents. GOP incumbents Luther Olsen of Ripon and Rob Cowles of Green Bay did not have reports available by late yesterday, which was the deadline for filing them.
Meanwhile, the state Democratic Party says its six challengers for the GOP Senate seats have raised a total of one-point-six million dollars – and the party has another million for the rest of its recall campaigns. All six Democrats have primary challenges from Republicans who ran as fake Democrats, in order to give the GOP incumbents an extra month to campaign.
Only one of the fake Democrats filed a campaign finance report. Isaac Weix of Elmwood raised just $1,200, while his primary opponent Shelly Moore raised $236,000.
Meanwhile, outside groups are spending money to support-and-oppose candidates of both parties. A coalition of labor unions said it raised over four-million-dollars to help Democrats. The first recall primaries will be held next Tuesday for the six GOP incumbents. Contests for three Democratic seats will take place the following Tuesday.