Total spending in the just completed Wisconsin governor’s race topped $93 million.
According to a report from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, “Republican candidates and the special interest groups that supported them spent an estimated $57.7 million, which was about 63 percent higher than the more than $35.3 million spent by Democratic candidates and groups. Minor party candidates spent about $32,550.
Think about that.
What if that money went to help students in Wisconsin’s post-secondary schools?
What if it was used to provide health care for infants?
What if it helped families pay for child care?
What if … well the list can go on and on.
A closer look at the figures compiled by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign shows that “Former GOP Gov. Scott Walker and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, led candidate spending with nearly $36.2 million. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, spent a combined $10.8 million.”
Walker and Kleefisch out spent Evers and Barnes by by more than $35 million and lost. Wow.
Over the years lots of campaign spending reform proposals have been advanced, but ultimately, the candidates themselves, and their special interest support groups have shot down all the proposals.
What a shame.