UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) With his next election over a year away, Governor Scott Walker already has $2.2-million in his campaign fund. New reports filed yesterday show that the Republican Walker raised a total of $3.5-million in the first half of this year.
So far no Democrats have come out to run against Walker. Former state Commerce Secretary Mary Burke and Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris are both considering Democratic bids.
Democratic fund-raiser Patrick Guarasci says Walker won’t have as much of a financial edge next year as he did in his first two races. Republican strategist Mark Graul said it’s remarkable that Walker could raise $3.5-million in a non-election year. Graul says it’s due to a loyal following that is quote, “the envy of elected officials everywhere.”
When Walker was first elected governor in 2010, he raised and spent around $11-million. In last year’s recall vote – when he could raise unlimited funds for a time – the governor took in a record $37-million, not including pro-Walker ads from special interest groups.