Big Bucks Raised in Recall Election

By KBJR News 1

June 5, 2012 Updated Jun 5, 2012 at 7:17 PM CST

Madison, WI (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- The Recall election is breaking campaign spending records. Recent reports reveal close to 62-Million dollars in spending in the badger state, shattering the previous state election record by tens of millions.

Governor Scott Walker has raised the most.

His campaign has accounted for close to 29-million dollars of the spending in this race, the majority of that money coming from out-of-state donors.

Since Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett entered the race, his campaign has been at a financial disadvantage, having approximately 4-million in contributions and donations.

Political analysts say the recall election contributions foreshadow the huge amount of money Presidential candidates are expected to take in over the summer, entering the Fall general election.

"I hear a lot of people say they are tired of hearing these commercials and seeing them and they'll be glad when the campaign in done and all I say to them is wait till this Fall because we are really going to see it this fall with the general election," said Neill Atkins, Political junkie and host of Wake Up Call.

All of this money is possible for this election because of the Supreme Court decision Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission, which allows unlimited contributions from corporations and unions.

Election officials say the estimated cost is around 9 millions dollars, that includes county and municipal costs.

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