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Walker Hauls in $1.8M in Second Half of 2009

Very impressive, especially since the expected Democratic/Liberal answer will be, “Well, Barrett raised $750K in only six weeks!” becomes moot if you transpose those numbers over the entire period (Remember Doyle bowed out in August), Walker would still have out-raised Barrett.

UPDATE 5:00 CDT – (Yeah, that answer didn’t take long to come out.)

Republican candidate for governor Scott Walker says he had more than $2 million cash on hand heading into this election year.

Walker said Saturday that in the final six months of 2009 he raised $1.79 million.

Spending reports were due to the state on Monday.

Walker is being challenged for the Republican nomination by former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann.

Neumann loaned himself $1 million and raised about $230,000 over the same time period, leaving him with about $975,000 cash on hand.

On the Democratic side, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is running to replace Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, who is stepping down after two terms. Barrett has said that he raised $750,000 in the final two months of 2009 and had $1.5 million in the bank for his bid.

We won’t know campaign “burn rates” until full reports are released by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) sometime on Monday.  About the only thing to be certain about those is that the Neumann Campaign is burning its money faster than its coming in.

UPDATE 8:22 CDT – In the Walker Campaign’s release on this news, they report having over 18,500 donors and literally breaking GAB’s computer systems trying to upload it electronically.

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  • dad29

    Based on news reports, it's impossible for Barrett to be “burning” money.

    No website, no office, no phones………what a deal!!

  • kevinbinversie

    Shush, we're suppose to work under the illusion that the Barrett Campaign is
    a lean, mean fighting machine; not just a half dozen guys making phone calls
    off of Doyle's donor list.

  • This DJ

    Kevin, You've obviously not been following the troubles that GAB has had with their finance reporting system. As the good people at WISDC will say, you could upload a report and that system would break.

    Don't buy they “so many people donated that we destroyed the system” garbage. Everyone, and I mean everyone, knows that's bullshit.