Paul Ryan spent $6.4 million in his re-election bid for the 1st CD as he ran for vice president, by far the most any of Wisconsin’s House candidates spent for the cycle, according to the latest Federal Election Commission reports.
It was also the most Ryan has spent on any of his congressional campaigns since his first election in 1998, significantly outpacing his previous high of $2.3 million in expenditures for the 2008 campaign, FEC figures showed. At the same time, this year's 11-point win over Dem Rob Zerban was the smallest margin of victory in the Janesville Republican’s career.
Ryan also raised a net of $4.8 million over the cycle and still had $1.4 million cash on hand at the close of the post-election period -- the highest cash-on-hand figure in the Wisconsin House delegation.
The following is a rundown of post-election posted to the FEC site, both for the overall cycle and the post-election period, which covers Oct. 18 through Nov. 26.
Ryan reported $92,655 in receipts and $1.6 million in disbursements over the final weeks of the campaign.
Zerban, D-Kenosha, raised nearly $2.4 million over the cycle and spent nearly $2.3 million. In the final reporting period, he raised $246,452 and spent $392,171, closing the period with $101,026 cash on hand.
The report of U.S. Rep-elect Mark Pocan, D-Madison, showed the departing state representative taking in over $1.1 million during his first bid for Congress while spending more than $1 million during the two-year cycle.
During the final reporting period, he raised $53,492 and spent $75,545. He reported $90,350 cash on hand in the final report of the 2012 cycle.
Republican Chad Lee reported $19,036 in receipts for the final reporting period and $24,202 in spending. Overall, he raised $90,944 for the campaign and spent $87,843.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, spent more in the final weeks of the race than his GOP opponent Ray Boland did for the entire campaign.
Kind raised $89,648 over the final reporting period, spent $113,611 and finished with $553,021 cash on hand.
For the cycle, he raised $2 million and spent $1.5 million.
Boland’s post-election report listed $9,430 in receipts and $21,228 in disbursements.
For the cycle, he raised $92,773, spent $112,246 and ended the period with $29,025 in debts.
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, also outraised her GOP opponent significantly.
Moore reported $53,904 in receipts for the final weeks of the campaign, spending of $57,670 and finished the period with $30,849 cash on hand.
For the cycle, she had net receipts of $797,542 and spent $689,559.
Republican Dan Sebring had $13,571 in receipts on his post-election report, $20,477 in disbursements and $351 cash on hand.
He raised $35,252 for the cycle and spent $34,900.
U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner had $22,142 in receipts on his post-election report, $7,888 in spending and $297,613 cash on hand.
For the cycle, he had $554,626 in receipts, and $611,079 in disbursements.
Dem Dave Heaster did not have a report posted at the FEC site.
U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac, listed $25,453 in receipts on his post-election report, $40,591 in spending and had $940,741 cash on hand.
For the cycle, he reported $735,859 in net contributions, and $645,602 in expenditures.
A report for Dem Joe Kallas was not available.
U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Weston, outraised Dem opponent Pat Kreitlow 2-to-1 in their 7th CD race.
Duffy reported $2.6 million in net contributions for the campaign, $2.5 million in disbursements and finished the post-election reporting period with $201,917 cash on hand, according to reports posted at the FEC site.
Kreitlow, a former Dem state state senator from Chippewa Falls, raised a little under $1.3 million for the campaign, spent $1.25 million and had $26,671 left in the bank with $1,000 in debts.
Duffy also outspent Kreitlow 3-to-1 in the final reporting period, which covered Oct. 18 to Nov. 26.
Duffy raised $163,031 over that period and spent $614,900.
Kreitlow raised $105,404 and spend $196,213.
U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood, outraised Dem opponent Jamie Wall more than 2-to-1 for the cycle.
Ribble listed $101,502 in receipts on his post-election report, spending of $385,332 and $191,118 in the bank.
For the cycle, he raised $2.1 million and had net expenditures of $2 million.
Wall listed receipts of $50,302 on his post-election report and disbursements of $159,863.
For the cycle, he had net contributions of $1 million, with $1 million spent. He also listed $22,351 cash on hand and $49,000 in debts.
Marquette Law School professor Ed Fallone today announced he'll challenge Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack in this spring's high court race, saying "we need a change in the Supreme Court."
“The Wisconsin Supreme Court is dysfunctional and the only way to fix it is to change the personalities on the bench,” Fallone said in a statement. “I am not beholden to any political party or faction on the court or any special interest group. The people of Wisconsin expect -- and deserve -- judges who respect the importance of an independent judiciary and who are impartial and fair."
Fallone, who also practices law with Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan in Milwaukee, says he would be the court's first Latino justice.
Roggensack late last month officially announced she'd seek re-election. Lemon law attorney Vince Megna has also said he plans to run against Roggensack, while Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi has said she's considering a bid.
GOP state Rep. Paul Farrow said he was confident going into Tuesday's vote for the open 33rd Senate seat since he was unopposed on the ballot. But after the last two years of Wisconsin politics, he said nothing would have surprised him.
Turns out, he didn't have much to worry about.
Farrow won 6,853 of the 7,034 votes cast, according to unofficial returns posted at the Waukesha County Clerk's website Tuesday night. He replaces fellow Republican Rich Zipperer, who resigned earlier this year to join the guv's administration.
Farrow, whose mother Margaret held the Senate seat before becoming lt. guv a decade ago, was already appointed chair of the Senate's Government Operations, Public Works and Telecommunications Committee ahead of Tuesday's vote.
The Pewaukee Republican said some of his priorities include more telcom reforms as well as addressing something that came up in the wake of the hurricane that slammed the East Coast. Farrow said under Wisconsin law, those coming in from out of state to help out in a disaster are required to file payroll taxes and pay any professional license fees that might be required. He wants to exempt them if they come into the state for 60 days or less.
Between the two GOP caucuses this session, the Assembly was seen as the more conservative one, and Farrow will be joined in the Senate by fellow GOP Rep. Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst along with Rick Gudex of Fond du Lac. Farrow said they will provide a fresh voice in the Senate and likely a more conservative one.
"That’s one of the things we need to continue to look at when is
it the right vote not to get re-elected, but it’s the right vote for Wisconsin that we
need to take?" Farrow said. -- By JR Ross
Rep. Don Pridemore, R-Hartford, formally announced his candidacy for state superintendent today, saying he was running to cut bureaucratic red tape in the state's K-12 schools.
Pridemore, who sits on the Assembly Education committee, said that the Department of Public Instruction is putting forth too many road blocks in front of Wisconsin school children and that the state is "failing far too many of them."
"I've witnessed the leaders of our schools becoming frustrated at too many unnecessary programs, too many mandates and far too many special interest groups all at the expense of Wisconsin kids," Pridemore said. "Today is the day that we recognize that the only special interest groups that matter are the children of Wisconsin."
Pridemore said that current State Superintendent Tony Evers could only do so much when he is supported by the state teachers unions.
Pridemore also praised the efforts of Gov. Scott Walker to cut collective bargaining and the Legislature's efforts to expand school choice, but would not say whether he would push for further expansion during his campaign. Pridemore also declined to answer any policy-related questions, saying he would roll out his positions on a range of issues in the coming weeks.
-- By Jason Smathers