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.