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Thursday, December 15, 2011

 4:40 PM 

Walker reports raising $5.1 million

In the first campaign finance report since the beginning of the effort to recall him, Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign says he collected contributions from 46,976 individual donors, with 37,356 of them giving $50 or less.

Walker’s campaign released the cover sheet from his fundraising report, showing he raised $5.1 million, spent almost $4 million and had $3 million in the bank.

Walker raised almost $11.1 million for the entire 2010 election cycle.

The release does not include the full report, which is due by the end of the day and will give the first look at how he has raised money since the effort to recall him began. Under state law, Walker can raise money in unlimited contributions while the recall papers are circulated against him.

“We have seen an outpouring of support for the governor and the steps he has taken during his first year in office to lay the foundation for a more successful Wisconsin,” Walker spokeswoman Ciara Matthews said. “Wisconsin voters are readily contributing to our campaign to help us fight back against the baseless recall efforts lead by big-government union bosses. Governor Walker is proud that more than 37,000 donors contributing $50 or less will allow him to travel the state of Wisconsin to listen to business owners and taxpayers share their stories of how his reforms have put state government back on their side.”

State Dem Chair Mike Tate said he was not fazed by Walker’s fundraising report.

“We have always know that Scott Walker was going to have all the money in the world at his disposal because he’s done so many favors for all these different corporate benefactors and insiders and people of favor,” Tate said. “We’re not worried about being outspent in this race. We expect it to happen, and I believe the voice of the people will outweigh the milions of dollars Scott Walker will raise in this campaign.”

-- By Staff

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