Democrats Hold Back Funding for Wisconsin Recall Election

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 03:15 PM

By Dan Weil

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The Republican National Committee is going all out to help Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker in his June 5 recall race. But its Democratic counterpart is holding back, and that has local liberal activists extremely upset.

Already Walker has raised more money than his opponent Tom Barrett, mayor of Milwaukee, by a factor of 25-to-1. And the Obama campaign is being as stingy as the Democratic National Committee, Politico reports.

“I think [there’s] the perception that there’s not enough overall national money, national support from both individual donors and D.C. coming through the door, and we’ve got three weeks. We need that money now,” a Wisconsin Democratic operative told Politico.

“I think that’s individual donors from around the country, I think that’s the DNC, I think that’s labor, I think that’s super PACs, I think that’s whoever is willing to contribute to make that gap smaller.”

As for the Republicans, “We’re all in here,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus said. “We will be involved for as much as we need to be involved. We haven’t put a limit on the number.” He said the RNC already has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the race

Wisconsin Democrats have requested $500,000 from the Democratic National Committee, but nothing has come yet. Graeme Zielinski, a spokesman for Wisconsin’s Democratic Party said its request for funds is “pending.”

“We’re going to get outspent 10-to-1, maybe 20-to-1,” he told Politico. “We just need the resources to activate our superior get-out-the-vote operation, which we could. But we can’t do it for free. Campaigns cost money. Scott Walker has owned the air.”

Zielinski said he’s confident the DNC will ultimately come through.




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