Campaign Cash Floods Into Wisconsin Recall
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I am thinking there is a great deal of money being WASTED in the RECALL election noting the Journal Sentinel’s report, “The flurry of fundraising shows how much more costly the recall election will be than previous elections for governor. In the 2010 race, candidates and independent groups spent an estimated $37.4 million, according to estimates by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.”
Just think, “That spending included $11.3 million by Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. The losing Democrat ticket of Barrett and former Assembly Majority Leader Tom Nelson spent $7.2 million.”
Another dimension of the MONEY being used trying to BUY WE THE PEOPLE of WI is that being spend by OUTSIDE GROUPS. The Journal Sentinel identified the following:
• “Outside groups such as the Republican Governors Association and the liberal Greater Wisconsin Committee spent an estimated $12.1 million to run television ads and send mailings to voters, and former U.S. Rep. and home builder Mark Neumann doled out $6.6 million - largely his own money - in a losing bid against Walker in the GOP primary for governor.
• “Such independent groups are operating in the recall election as well. The Republican Governors Association and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce are running ads to help Walker.”
• “On the left, the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund is running an anti-Walker spot, and Wisconsin for Falk is running ads and sending mailers to boost Falk.
• “Wisconsin for Falk received $4.5 million in donations, spent $3.9 million and had $517,000 on hand, according to a report filed Monday. It received $3 million from the Wisconsin Education Association Council, $1.3 million from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and $100,000 from the United Food and Commercial Workers union. The AFSCME and UFCW money came almost entirely from their Washington, D.C., offices.”
I find it WORRISOME that the Journal Sentinel adds, “Some other groups are able to mask their spending and fundraising.” I support FULL TRANSPARENCY for ALL MONEY flowing into any election campaign. What do YOU support?
The research based on public opinion polls asserts that the political environment in WI is essentially IDEOLOGICAL with 95% of WE THE PEOPLE of WI having made their decision on their vote in the RECALL ELECTION coming on June 5, 2012.
This means that the cost for each undecided vote will be VERY HIGH! Worth the “investment”? I myself think the candidates – ALL OF THEM – ought to contribute CAMPAIGN MONEY after the PRIMARY ELECTION coming now on Tuesday, May 8 – to a special JOBS IN WISCONSIN FUND. WHY NOT? What do YOU think?
HAPPY MAY DAY!
John Eyster lives in the Edgerton area of Wisconsin. He is an adjunct professor of political science at University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and an advocate for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. He blogs for GazetteXtra.com, a publication of the Janesville Gazette.