Gov. Scott Walker faced unprecedented protests this February. Now he has raised an unprecedented $7.6 million in donations since taking office on Jan 3. 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.”
Walker’s Democratic opponents are pulling in lots of out-of-state support, too. But the overall totals are much lower — and the biggest Dem donors don’t even come close to Walker’s.
Read Bill Lueders’ story: Out-of-state donors play growing role in supporting — and opposing — Walker Dec. 16, 2011
Update, Jan. 5 — As promised, we’ve added a new graphic showing individual donations in 2011 to the two biggest anti-Walker groups, United Wisconsin and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. You can still see the Walker graphic below.
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