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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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Dem recall targets lead challengers in fundraising

The three Dem recall targets have a healthy financial edge over their GOP challengers so far.

Kenosha-area Dem Sen. Bob Wirch raised more than triple what his GOP challengers pulled in combined during the two most recent reporting periods, while northern Dem Sen. Jim Holperin has an almost 3-to-1 cash-on-hand advantage over the only one of his challengers to file a report so far.

In the three races, candidates were required to turn in a July continuing report covering activity from campaign registration or from the last report through June 30 as well as a pre-election report covering activity from July 1 through July 4. While there will be primaries July 19 in the Wirch and Holperin races, Dem Sen. Dave Hansen faces Republican David VanderLeest in a general election that day.

Hansen, D-Green Bay, reported raising $190,389 in the two most recent reporting periods and spending $126,733. He had $243,147 cash on hand.

VanderLeest didn't have any reports posted at the Government Accountability Board site as of this morning. The Dem lawmakers also didn’t have any reports posted, but the state party provided cover sheets with summaries of their fundraising activities.

In the 22nd SD GOP race, attorney Jonathan Steitz outpaced Kenosha County Board Supv. and former sheriff Fred Ekornaas in fundraising and spending ahead of their primary to take on Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie.

Through July 4, Steitz reported a total of $33,038 in contributions and $21,108 in spending, along with a cash balance of $11,929. Steitz contributed $15,025 to his own campaign.

Ekornaas reported $4,958 in contributions through July 4 and $4,521 in spending, leaving a cash balance of $437. He contributed $168 to his campaign.

Wirch raised $133,337 in the two most recent periods, spent $91,617 and had $141,753 cash on hand.

In the 12th SD, only one finance report had been posted to the GAB site by this morning.

Tea Party activist Kim Simac, who's taking on Lincoln County Board Chair Robert Lussow for a shot at Holperin, only had her pre-primary report that covered July 1 through July 4 posted. Contributions for the four-day period totaled $22,251 and spending reported was $2,191. Simac reported a cash balance of $53,616. The year-to-date columns on the report didn't reflect any activity before July 1.

Holperin reported $186,939 raised in the latest two reporting periods, $114,401 spent and $147,858 cash on hand.

-- By Staff

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