Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Campaign Cash

Walker Has Massive Money Advantage

$50 million in campaign and outside advocacy funds for Walker, $14 million for Evers.

By - Nov 6th, 2018 12:04 pm
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Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker has benefited from almost a 3-to-1 advantage in the money chase.

As of Nov. 5, Walker’s campaign had outraised Tony Evers by $31 million to $9 million.

And Republican outside independent expenditure groups in the governor’s race outraised their Democratic counterparts by $19 million to $5 million.

Combined, Walker has had an almost a 3-to-1 edge of $50 million to $14 million over Evers.

This tally doesn’t include “issue advocacy” spending. These are “dark money” groups so they don’t have to report their spending. By contrast, independent expenditure groups, also known as express advocacy groups, use the magic words “vote for” or “vote against” or their equivalents, have to report their spending and identify their donors.

2 thoughts on “Campaign Cash: Walker Has Massive Money Advantage”

  1. atbowe says:

    So, what will he do with all that cash, now that he has lost??

  2. TransitRider says:

    What can Walker do with that money? Legally, he can’t spend it directly for his own personal expenses. (California Congressman Duncan Hunter is facing multiple felony charges for having allegedly done just that.) But Walker can spend it indirectly for his family’s financial benefit.

    He could curry favor other Republicans by giving generously to their campaigns or PACs. If that campaign or PAC happened to then hire Walker as a consultant that, of course, would be a total coincidence.

    He could also save the money to run for office himself in the future.

    All-in-all, this becomes a personal, tax-free, slush fund (derived entirely from money others have provided—nothing personally from Walker himself) he can use to further his personal interests.

    p.s. He could also donate to a worthy charity, but I doubt that will happen.

    p.p.s. I’m sure glad the swamp is being drained!

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