GOP outraises Democrats in major statewide races

Wisconsin State Capitol
Wisconsin State Capitol (file photo)

MADISON (AP) – Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general all reported having significantly more money than their challengers Monday, another sign of the challenge facing Democrats this fall.

Republican attorney general candidate Brad Schimel reported Monday having about $400,000 cash on hand, more than twice as much as two Democratic opponents.

Gov. Scott Walker had more than twice as much as the leading Democratic challenger Mary Burke. And his running mate Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch raised more than 13 times more than the expected Democratic nominee.

Schimel is the Waukesha County district attorney and the only Republican in the race to succeed current Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, who is not seeking a third term. Three Democrats will square off in the Aug. 12 primary, with the winner advancing to face Schimel in November.

Schimel and other candidates in races to be decided this year faced a midnight Monday deadline to submit reports showing how much money they had raised and spent in the first six months of the year.

In the attorney general’s race, Schimel reported raising nearly $367,000 in the first six months of the year, with $400,000 on hand as of July.

Democratic state Rep. Jon Richards, of Milwaukee, reported raising $190,000 and having nearly $170,000 cash on hand. Susan Happ, the Jefferson County district attorney, reported raising $170,000 and having nearly $121,000 cash on hand.

The third Democratic candidate, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, had not reported any figures as of late afternoon Monday.

Richards, Happ and Ozanne were scheduled to appear together Tuesday night at a forum in Madison hosted by the Democratic Party. Another Democratic debate is scheduled for Aug. 5 at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison.

Both Walker and Burke earlier this month released their preliminary fundraising totals. Longshot Democratic candidate state Rep. Brett Hulsey has not yet submitted a fundraising report, but said in an email he would turn one in before midnight.

Hulsey, when asked how much he raised and had on hand, said “not much and less.” Hulsey said his report would show only one out-of-state contribution – $50 from his mother.

Walker, who is seeking a second term in office, said he raised nearly $8.3 million by July, and has $7.6 million cash on hand. Burke – a former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive and state Commerce secretary – raised $3.6 million and has $2.5 million cash on hand.

There is also a Democratic primary for lieutenant governor. The winner will be paired with the gubernatorial nominee to take on Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch in November. Kleefisch reported raising $520,000 and having $689,000 cash on hand.

State Sen. John Lehman, of Racine, reported raising nearly $38,000 for the lieutenant governor’s race. He had about $17,500 cash on hand. His challenger, Madison activist Mary Jo Walters, reported raising $802 with no cash on hand as of July.

blog comments powered by Disqus