Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker heads into his re-election campaign in a strong financial position after raising $5.1 million in the last half of 2013.
The Wisconsin Republican now has $4.6 million in the bank, having spent $2.7 million, as he gets ready for his bid for a second term as governor of America's Dairyland against his Democratic opponent Mary Burke, Politico is reporting.
Burke is the former Wisconsin commerce secretary and was an executive of Trek Bicycle Corp. By comparison, Burke raised almost $1.8 million in the last three months of 2013, including a $400,000 contribution from her own pocket.
Politico notes that Walker, who is a potential 2016 presidential candidate, established a strong network of GOP donors during the 2012 recall election.
"Our latest fundraising report shows the continued grassroots support behind Governor Walker's campaign, with nearly 75 percent of our contributions coming from supporters donating $50 or less," said Stephan Thompson, Walker's campaign manager.
"Raising campaign cash from wealthy, out of state special interests has never been Walker's problem," Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"His problem is his approach — that if those at the very top are doing OK everyone else will feel the effects of trickle down — doesn't work."
In the latest poll from the Marquette Law School
released Monday, Walker had a six point lead over Burke, 47 percent to 41 percent. When the poll was last taken in October, the two candidates were in a dead heat.
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